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Dashes In Domain Names

Discussion in 'Domain Names' started by Ashle S, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. #1
    I'd like to get your thoughts on whether or not an ideal domain name should have dashes separating the words.

    Do dashes in a domain name "de-value" the website in a user's mind and/or SEO? Personally, I don't like to see dashes in a domain, but I would like to know if I'm alone in this.

    Thank you.
    Ashle S, Apr 8, 2011 IP
  2. chandan123

    chandan123 Prominent Member

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    #2
    they are good for seo purpose imo. normally we should get nonhyphenated domains too if we going to use dashed domains :p
    chandan123, Apr 9, 2011 IP
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    dcristo Prominent Member

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    #3
    This.

    The hyphens are seen as word separators. But if you can get the exact match domain over the hyphen domain it would be preferable.
    dcristo, Apr 9, 2011 IP
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    hanidesigns Active Member

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    #4
    If u r looking for keyword based domains, normally dashes are used as most keyword domains will eb already taken.
    hanidesigns, Apr 9, 2011 IP
  5. JamesColin

    JamesColin Prominent Member

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    #5
    Usually I include a dash if my domain has an important keyword, and I also take non-hyphen domain and make it redirect to the hyphened one.
    JamesColin, Apr 9, 2011 IP
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    htmlindex Notable Member

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    #6
    An ideal domain name shouldn't have dashes in between because it kills the value of the name dramatically. However, it wouldn't really matter from an SEO perspective as it could help a little.
    htmlindex, Apr 9, 2011 IP
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    psharma Notable Member

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    #7
    but dashes must separate whole words (means dont do ha-pp-y.com. it is an alternate way to get keyword domains because most dash free domains must already be gone.
    psharma, Apr 9, 2011 IP
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    chiragagarwal Peon

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    #8
    Avoid dashes.!
    chiragagarwal, Apr 10, 2011 IP
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    #9
    Stay away with it even for SEO or Flipping Domain purposes.
    buysellguru, Apr 15, 2011 IP
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    DangerousDavis Peon

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    #10
    Since all of the good domain names have been bought up it is common for people to use dashes in the domain name. If your trying to get certain words in the domain name for SEO you have to do what you have to do! This does not devalue the name at all in fact it can really does help your SEO efforts to have key words in the domain name. I have used this techniqe for some of my clients and had great success. The only bad part is that someone else will have the same domain without the dashes and there is a chance that a person typing your domain into their address bar may forget the dashes and land on a competitor site.
    DangerousDavis, Apr 15, 2011 IP
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    easyrider7 Peon

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    I don't think all good domain names have been bought up. I bought my first domain name a few months ago and got a great one by being a bit creative.
    easyrider7, Jul 29, 2011 IP
  12. JamesColin

    JamesColin Prominent Member

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    #12
    Plus the domain name is not that important at all.. Choose a simple one, short, easy to remember instead of one having keywords, the advantage in seo is like near to nothing and the disadvantage is that it's so long..
    Choose a domain name with something like topoto.com for flowers is same or better than best-flowers.com
    JamesColin, Jul 29, 2011 IP
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    #13
    Not as good as no spaces, but still good for exact match KWs. Horrible for branding though
    iamawesome, Jul 31, 2011 IP
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    ABM House Peon

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    #14
    I don't like dashes personally and many belive that it is bad for SEO
    ABM House, Aug 3, 2011 IP
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    unknownpray Active Member

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    #15
    anking does not really concern having the dashes or not, it is based on something else entirely. The domain name becomes a bit difficult to type having the dashes and all but not that much.
    unknownpray, Aug 27, 2011 IP
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    #16
    Search Engines never seriously consider the dashed domains as bad ones.some domain names really require dashes.
    One dash is so fair to have.But more than one or two...not good. As IAMAWESOME said its horrible for branding but works well in search engines.
    bharatmax, Aug 28, 2011 IP
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    Card Active Member

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    #17
    Well,It depends if the Domain has important keyword and it has hyphens then it has no problem and it is alos good from SEO point of view :)
    Card, Aug 28, 2011 IP
  18. agoes182

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    #18
    yes, they still good for seo if u want just get free visitor from search engine
    agoes182, Aug 30, 2011 IP
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    deepk Greenhorn

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    #19
    I just read articles on SEO effects... most say hyphens-in-domain-names may be seen as SPAM in coming days...
    deepk, Aug 30, 2011 IP
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    karlo.dude Greenhorn

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    #20
    For me, I would avoid dashes.
    karlo.dude, Aug 30, 2011 IP