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Is a 20 letter domain too long?

Discussion in 'Domain Names' started by CarpCharacin, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. #1
    Is a domain that is 20 letters not counting the .com too long?
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    CarpCharacin, Sep 8, 2016 IP
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  2. Webcenter

    Webcenter Active Member

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    #2
    I would say yes, 15 max.
     
    Webcenter, Sep 8, 2016 IP
  3. atinga

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    It depends on what the domain is all about.
    If you are targeting a long-tail keyword, then it is not too long.
    Why have a short domain which does not best describe what you are offering on the website?

    Secondly are they dictionary words?
    If you are using a combination of dictionary words, they a 3-words domain should be the most desirable.
    3 words domains can be of any length.
     
    atinga, Sep 9, 2016 IP
  4. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Active Member

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    It is a 3 word domain.
     
    CarpCharacin, Sep 9, 2016 IP
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    billzo Active Member

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    No, it is not too long if it is a good domain name. Most of your visitors will be arriving at your website how? By manually typing in each letter of the domain name? No. Your visitors will click on a link from a search engine, a forum or other place, or bookmark your site in which case modern browsers will produce the URL after a few letters are typed in the address bar. So length really is not all that big of deal as almost nobody will be typing the domain name. I never type forum.digitalpoint.com. I just type "di" and my browser produces the URL from the bookmark and I click on it.
     
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    Matthew Sayle Prominent Member

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    shutupandtakemymoney.com is 20 characters and makes well over $10,000 per month.

    Worry about the content not the domain, you'll be fine.
     
    Matthew Sayle, Sep 10, 2016 IP
  7. Karim Nasser

    Karim Nasser Greenhorn

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    Check out EvoSix.com to score your domains, you will find that long domains score less. Even if they are three word, the fact is that people will more likely mistype a long domain, than a short one.
     
    Karim Nasser, Sep 10, 2016 IP
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    yeah too long if it's just the domain you're looking to valuate :)
     
    lovepool, Sep 11, 2016 IP
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    It depends on what type of niche is your website have. But make sure that domain must be short and simple.
     
    Yatish Gaba, Sep 17, 2016 IP
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    What does the niche have to do with the domain length?
     
    Matthew Sayle, Sep 17, 2016 IP
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    Mike Lee Active Member

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    As long as the domain name makes sense, it is acceptable.
    However, if it does not make sense, I would say 20 letters domain is too difficult to be remembered.
     
    Mike Lee, Sep 17, 2016 IP
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    qwikad.com Prominent Member Affiliate Manager

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    #12
    Visual examples help (some made up domains):

    bestpoodlebarbershop.com
    freestylemarketideas.com

    Doesn't look too long to me.


     
    qwikad.com, Sep 17, 2016 IP
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    Matthew Sayle Prominent Member

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    WouldYouRememberThis.com
     
    Matthew Sayle, Sep 17, 2016 IP
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    billzo Active Member

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    A URL shortener with a long domain name might not be so good of an idea. Other than that, the niche really doesn't matter too much.

    And yes, I would remember WouldYouRememberThis.com. But if it was a .org or .net, I probably would get it wrong recalling it much later. Unless I have it bookmarked, in which case I would type a few letters and the browser would produce the URL for me to click on.
     
    billzo, Sep 17, 2016 IP
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    wordplucker Well-Known Member

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    One thing missing here it seems is that this is more of a click world then when the net started and it was mostly offline pushing on business cards, flyers, TV commercials, where the URL was displayed.

    Now, with the ads (banner and text), people posting recommendation on social media, any email lists, it is all click, so the old method of thinking that's been hanging around is essentially useless.
    Some sites will still need to be short, sweet, and memorable, but not all that many any more.

    As billzo points out, once it's bookmarked it's a snap to go back to with just the first few letters, so a 256 letter domain would work. History works that way too.

    Also, the content and domain do not have to match even, as people aren't paying attention to things like that very often. It's more marketers paying attention. If people did pay that much attention do you think that they'd click links for some of the CPA nets that have something like zxujfs.com as the domain for things like acai berry products?

    If you are selling to marketers the domain and product(s) should match, but otherwise I think that you are giving the people a bit more credit than they deserve on being concerned over such things.
     
    wordplucker, Sep 17, 2016 IP
  16. Mike Lee

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    Yes, definitely I would remember this domain. It makes sense.;)
     
    Mike Lee, Sep 17, 2016 IP
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    Arick unirow Prominent Member

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    #17
    In my opinion, it maybe too long enough, especially if it contains non memorable words. However, long or short it doesn't really matter too much. What really matter is the purpose of the domain.
    Here are my few opinions about domain name:
    1. For branding purpose, I prefer short and memorable domain.
    2. For competition and niche targeting, I don't mind long domain name. However, the domain has to be easy to pronounce and quite memorable. I prefer long letters domain but easy to remember than short but hard to pronounce domain. But it just me, other may have different opinion.
    3. The extension itself really matter. Usually I don't think too much on domain extensions (especially new extensions) but there are few extensions which i really like (due to easy to rank and targeted visitors).
    So, in my opinion, twenty letters domain probably too long but it is still acceptable as long as the domain has memorable words on it. I have bough twenty letters domain last month and I am happy to buy it. You could read it here: Twenty four letters domain name (4 memorable words).
     
    Arick unirow, Sep 17, 2016 IP
  18. Karim Nasser

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    It isn't about remembering a long domain, it is about typing it without making typing errors. Short domains are best, this is why most famous websites are built around short domains.
     
    Karim Nasser, Sep 18, 2016 IP
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    True, and no one would argue with that, except... all good short domain names are taken. You can look for hours for a good short domain name and still will end up with nothing.

     
    qwikad.com, Sep 19, 2016 IP
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    Mostly taken yes, but you can still buy them, and in my opinion and others' an old established domain is much more valuable than a newly registered one.
     
    Karim Nasser, Sep 19, 2016 IP