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Adding a hyphen, good or bad?

Discussion in 'Domain Names' started by SoftCloud, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. #1
    Is adding a hyphen in a domain name a good or bad thing? Or doesn't it matter?

    Without: dalehay.com
    With: dale-hay.com
    SEMrush
    Are there any problems, like SEO-wise with hyphens in domain names or is it just user preference?
     
    SoftCloud, Jan 28, 2007 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Austars

    Austars Active Member

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    #2
    I've got a hyphen in my domain name, and the sites only a few weeks old but its already ranking well for some good keywords. Be sure to do other on site SEO things as well, like using mod_rewrite for friendly, keyword rich URLs and meta tags.
     
    Austars, Jan 28, 2007 IP
  3. AlienGG

    AlienGG Banned

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    #3
    It doesn't matter with Google at least.
     
    AlienGG, Jan 28, 2007 IP
  4. aboyd

    aboyd Well-Known Member

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    I bet the people who originally had expertsexchange.com really wish they had put in a hyphen. Without the dash, Google thought it was a site for sex changes.
     
    aboyd, Jan 28, 2007 IP
  5. AlienGG

    AlienGG Banned

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    #5
    LoL, I've heard of it!
    More examples:
    Penisland
    Whorepresents
    Therapistfinder
    Molestationnursery
    Gasheating
    Powergenitalia

    They prove the value of one word domains. :)
     
    AlienGG, Jan 28, 2007 IP
  6. bigbluesky2006

    bigbluesky2006 Active Member

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    Sorry but I don't like hyphens in domain names. I can't think of a single domain I goto regularly that contains a hyphen.
     
    bigbluesky2006, Jan 28, 2007 IP
  7. AlienGG

    AlienGG Banned

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    #7
    domains with hyphen are hard to get type-in traffic.
     
    AlienGG, Jan 28, 2007 IP
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    bglefty Peon

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    #8
    I sometimes prefer my names with hyphens, especially names with three or four words in them. In most cases, when searching for a domain, the name without the hyphen will be taken so you have to add the hyphen...and if the name without the hyphen is not taken you really should register both...the domain name with and without the hyphen...

    Sincerely,
    BGLefty
     
    bglefty, Jan 28, 2007 IP
  9. tonyrocks

    tonyrocks Active Member

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    I love the Expersexchnge...hehe. Hyphens suck for branding, but are good for keyword targeting. BUT google could care less either way.
     
    tonyrocks, Jan 28, 2007 IP
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    AlienGG Banned

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    #10
    I believe descriptions are given more weight in terms of SEO. The name can be anything, but the content is what really matters.
     
    AlienGG, Jan 28, 2007 IP
  11. SoftCloud

    SoftCloud Well-Known Member

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    Ahahah nice one!! :D
     
    SoftCloud, Jan 29, 2007 IP
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    iBoy Well-Known Member

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    #12
    Hyphens does not effect the pottential but One words domains are better
     
    iBoy, Jan 29, 2007 IP
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    njoker555 Notable Member

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    #13
    i've seen many topics on this in several other forums lol, and i would say it doesnt matter because my gaming forum has a hyphen and its a .com gamers-forum -- makes no difference than gamersforum, of course it can be bad if someone tries to get back on ur site and they forgot the hyphen, which can lead to a loss of a member or traffic, but otherwise its nothing, my forum is a pr3 and im happy with the traffic, ranking well in search engines too
     
    njoker555, Jan 29, 2007 IP
  14. ezgoing8

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    #14
    Most of the experts that I read claim the domains with hyphens don't do well in the search engines.

    However I buy them, I sell them and I use them for sites that are doing well.

    The nice thing about the experts recommending you not buy them is I can get them cheap now when I need one. :)

    The same thing happened a few years back when all the experts advised against buying three letter domains that started with a 0. That's the number 0, not the letter o.

    As a result many did not renew them and over a six month period I bought over a hundred of them for $7 each. I still own about 10; have sold the others for prices ranging from $50 for the cheapest to $1200 for the most expensive. I sold most of them in the $300-400 range.

    So I love it when the experts advise against a category of domain names. :)
     
    ezgoing8, Jan 29, 2007 IP
  15. gene

    gene Peon

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    If available then I prefer the domain without the hyphen, if not available then I will buy the domain with the hyphen. If I think it is a good name then I will buy both.

    Or I will buy both to prevent a potential competitor from getting the domain name.

    gene
     
    gene, Feb 5, 2007 IP
  16. rllunzmann

    rllunzmann Active Member

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    Well if you need that name, then its obviously worth it =]

    But the longer a name is with any special characters, dashes, etc.. it usually means less appraisal value. But if you use it right, who can put a price on that?
     
    rllunzmann, Feb 6, 2007 IP
  17. TanItAll

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    #17
    hyphen is just considered a space really
     
    TanItAll, Feb 6, 2007 IP