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dash in domains?

Discussion in 'Domain Names' started by bentong, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. #1
    does a single dash affects the value of a domain?
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    bentong, Dec 13, 2005 IP
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  2. stuw

    stuw Peon

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  3. bentong

    bentong Banned

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    #3
    thanks for the link..I guess, a single dash wouldn't be that much effect..
     
    bentong, Dec 13, 2005 IP
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    So does this mean that mod rewrites that present your page as my_page_with_mod_rewrite.com will have an adverse effect?
     
    MKInfo, Dec 13, 2005 IP
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    Olney Berserker

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    #5
    It depends on your market.

    For the English market people (not SE) have started to look down on hyphens. In Japan & possibly China too I often see plenty of sites by major companies that contain a hyphen because since it's not Japanese they need it to break up the word. not everyone can own a 4 or 5 letter easy to remember dot com
     
    Olney, Dec 14, 2005 IP
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    Nope, it doesn't. It just means that hyphens are (probably) preferable.
     
    kkibak, Dec 14, 2005 IP
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    #7
    It's better to use dashes. Google treats them as spaces. If you compare:
    my_page_with_mod_rewrite.com
    and
    my-page-with-mod-rewrite.com

    for a search for mod then my_page_with_mod_rewrite would be seen as a single word with the three letters mod in them but
    my-page-with-mod-rewrite would be seen as 5 seperate words so a search for 'mod' would be more relevent.
     
    stuw, Dec 14, 2005 IP
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    #8
    I'd rather pick a domain name without a dash. It is the most common and easier to remember.
     
    sufyaaan, Dec 14, 2005 IP
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    a good point. It's always difficult communicating a dash verbally, it just doesn't roll off the tongue as well.

    But from an SEO point of view dashes are better than underscores - and certainly easier to say
     
    stuw, Dec 14, 2005 IP