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Which domain to use for a certain niche? What to do with the others?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by ShadeDream, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. ShadeDream

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    Quite a while ago I found a great micro niche keyword on which I obviously wanted to work on. The keyword contains 5 words within it and although there was no EMD available I still went into the niche because of the low competition.

    At first I bought a dashed .com of the domain, so the domain I currently have is: word1-word2-word3-word4-word5.com and it's doing quite well because with little SEO it is ranking on page 1. Now a month or so later I managed to grab a .net EMD from GoDaddy at a fair price. And just recently I managed to get an even better domain from this niche (spent quite a bit on this one) because I got a 3 word .com. Not an EMD for this specific keyword but definitely great as the niche can be branched out into more competitive areas hence building an authority site would really be my priority.

    So now I have the following domains:

    #1 word1-word2-word3-word4-word5.com - 7 months old (currently in use and ranking well)
    #2 word1word2word3word4word5.net - 1 year and 5 months old (EMD)
    #3 word1word2word3.com - 7 years and 4 months old (aged and brandable)

    Now my problem is that right now I don't really know which domain to use and how to go about it? Since #2 is an EMD I was thinking of moving the site from #1 to #2 and obviously redirecting the domain so that the link juice is passed on to #2 which in return might rank even higher because it doesn't have any dashes in it. I would then work on #3 as a completely separate website to gain competitive advantage and have two sites ranking on page 1 instead of just one? Or I could redirect #1 and #2 to #3 and focus on #3? Any advice?
     
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    Any suggestions? From anyone?
     
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    If #1 was ranking well, I'd just stick with it.
    I'd try to rank #2 for the EMD, assuming it gets decent searches and isn't too hard.
    I'd use #3 as a project to play around with, test other things, and try to build it up. Then 301 #3 to #1 or just use links and banners to send traffic. Same with #2.
    It's hard to give a better opinion without actually looking at the domain names, exact searches, and current rankings.
     
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    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    Thanks for your input. This is actually something that I would not consider. I guess it is hard to give advice about something that you don't really have much information on. But then again I would never 301 redirect an aged domain to a fairly new one.
     
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    Why not? I never reddirect anything, but I'm sure it happens all the time, people want to change names so they start a new one.
     
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    If I were you, I would have built my site on third option without any second thought (irrespective of domain age)

    Reason?

    Just because its short and easy to remember (and you are lucky this domain is oldest among all ;) )
     
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    That's what I was thinking at first and I know it's not all about the age. Then again the third option would be a great authority site within the niche. The second option is an EMD of the actual keyword where as option three is more broad. I don't think I want to just 301 both one and two to three as with for example option two and three ranking on page one I would have a competitive advantage.


    I'm not against redirecting. I just wouldn't redirect a short and aged domain over to a longer and fairly new one. It's different when you've got something going and down the road you decide to change the name.