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Good SEO article. It goes against common theory that hyphens rank worse.
Regarding TLDs, I’ve seen a .org rocket up the results in very competitive space, so it made me wonder.
Here is my question:
Let’s say I’m starting a site to sell buffalo chips.
I’ve done my homework and realized “buffalo chips” is by far the most desirable search phrase.
I’ve given up on finding something brandable; and prefer something with SEO juice.
What do you think of the relative value of these three choices?
Looking forward to your thoughts.
Great site full of real useful information and comments and after reading about optimizing a domain name here I have just purchased my 3 work domain name, with hyphens . I bought .com and .co.uk and know the un-hyphenated options for both .com and .co.uk are available – as it is a highly competitive industry I work in, I now wonder if I should buy those up too – so that only I have my three top chosen keywords in my domain name whether hyphened or not?
Thanks in advance.
Hello. We have already spent some money on branding our website domain name (e.g., web name prominent on vans, shirts, brochures, etc). Domain name is not currently ideal for SEO purposes. Other (better) website names are available for purchase. Meaning they have good keywords in them, with hyphens. I am not very technically savvy, but if we point those domains to our current website (I suppose through what you are calling a 301 redirect), will that be just as good for SEO purposes? Would GREATLY appreciate your advice!!
Thanks so much for an awesome SEO article!!
Hi. Could you please just let us know if hyphenated domain names are still good for SEO?
I gather by now that Google can distinguish keywords mashed together without hyphens–but is it still true that hyphens with the same words are just as good for seo purposes? Please answer…article doesn’t have a date and I’d really very much like to know.
Thanks so very much for an awesome site!
In VietNam, we prefer un-hyphenated domains, people rush for those domains while hyphenated domains are still available and easily to grab.
I just purchased one hyphenated domain at USD2.7 while same domain un-hyphenated which has been registered and now is for sales at USD1000. I can not understand how people evaluate that.
With regards to hyphen domain names. I’m not sure how old this article is but im sure google would recognize the seo and gold from your domain without the hyphen, right?
I have a client who has both the hyphen and un hyphened versions of his domain.
Can decide what is the best method? any ideas
Thank for a really great article – it’s by far the most useful one I’ve seen yet on the topic!
I’m new to all this so still learning. I’d really appreciate your advice, as I can’t seem to find an answer yet.
A few years back I bought both the hyphenated & non-hyphenated version of several domain names. ie.
abc-inc.com & abcinc.com
abc-books.com & abcbooks.com
abc-magazines.com & abcmagazines.com
abc-events & abcevents
I was told then I should buy both to prevent someone from taking my domain and impersonating my site. I was also told that by having both names and directing the hyphenated site to the main domain, I could increase my SEO traffic.
Since then, I’ve kept these 20 domain names, but don’t see launching my company for at least another year or two.
The cost of renewing the domains is getting quite pricey (approx $30 per domain if I want to include the $17 privacy setting service to not publish my home address).
I am considering getting rid of the hyphenated domains as I already own the main domain. Though based on your article, it sounds like that may not be the right move.
I’d really appreciate your advice on 2 questions:
1) Keep Main Domain & Rid Rest? – if I already own the main domain abcinc.com – should I even bother keeping any of the other domains? As even though the other domains would represent separate incorporated companies, would it make more sense to have them all just operate out of the main domain?
2) Keep UnHyphenated Domain & Rid Hyphenated Domain if Both are Exact Match? (or vice versa?) – if I own both hyphenated & non-hyphenated versions of the same domain, should I keep only one and get rid of the other? (to help reduce my costs) Or is there value to having both for SEO?
Thank you so much for any help you can offer – I really appreciate it!
Could you please elaborate on the domain extensions and their benefits or pro’s and cons. For insance, the single keyword i need is available in .company and .me, should i purchase it in those extensions? What would you say about .co.uk vs .com extensions. Thank you in advance Dave!
Recently i have been made aware that if your domain starts with a number, it is likely to rank your site differently (possibly higher) in directory-driver traffic. Do you think this holds true? Also, Chinese pay millions for numeric domains. Lastly, and most importantly my question is: does the search engine ignore the number if its placed in front of the keyword? Or, according to your logic, should I follow my digit with a hyphen in order to separate it from the keyword, for search engine purposes? Thank you in advance! I appreciate your insight into these important matters.