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Is "Web site" or "website" a better keyword?

Discussion in 'Keywords' started by landrud, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. #1
    Hi!
    We're trying to decide if we should use "Web site" or "website" as an SEO best practice on our site. (We do website content and we want people to find us). Does it matter which we use?

    I notice that when I type "web site" into Google, it asks me, "Did you mean 'website'?". Yet, when I use the Digital Point keyword selector, "website" as one word doesn't even come up, it's "not found,' as if no one ever searches on "website." Only "web site" as two words brings up search counts.
    SEMrush
    Seems strange to me, as I'd guess that most people would search the term as one word.

    Any one know? thanks!
     
    landrud, Apr 3, 2006 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Sarangan

    Sarangan Active Member

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    #2
    As I know "website" is one word..
     
    Sarangan, Apr 3, 2006 IP
  3. forumbulge

    forumbulge Guest

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    #3
    Use both.
    Most people target multiple keywords and multiple spellings of keywords.
     
    forumbulge, Apr 3, 2006 IP
  4. aaron_nimocks

    aaron_nimocks Im kind of a big deal Staff

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    #4
    Well I use website since its pretty much a word now.

    Brief history:

    The term for a site on the internet was called -

    World Wide Web Site - then
    Web Site - then
    Website - now

    So if you are targeting middle age people maybe Web Site may be the way to go since that is probably what they first learned. :)

    Either way I dont think it makes a big enough difference SEO wise to even worry about.
     
    aaron_nimocks, Apr 4, 2006 IP
  5. Jim_Westergren

    Jim_Westergren Notable Member

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    #5
    Concentrate on one only per page.

    Don't target two very hard KWs on the same page, rather then have another page for the alternative.
     
    Jim_Westergren, Apr 4, 2006 IP
  6. WebmasterWanabe

    WebmasterWanabe Peon

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    #6
    Glad you bought that topic up ..Now the question is what will they call it in 5 years.?? WS
     
    WebmasterWanabe, Apr 4, 2006 IP
  7. tanicos

    tanicos Banned

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    #7
    even if you do web site or website google will still show your site if it's optimized enough
     
    tanicos, Mar 14, 2008 IP
  8. Pixelrage

    Pixelrage Peon

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    #8
    according to wordtracker:

    website = 933 searches
    web site = 300 searches
     
    Pixelrage, Mar 14, 2008 IP
  9. aivil

    aivil Greenhorn

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    #9

    Okie-Agree with you ! But now after 4.5 yrs passed and this needs to be updated.

    The reason is that most of the people now use "site" word instead of the whole word "website". Site is more common,understood by all as website. hence WEB has become quite a redundant word. But still, lot of out there are using website (specially novice ) and the more formal word is still website and not Site. So its now a 40-60 % combination. And you need to use Website ( as it also has the keyword : "site" ) - but to fight the competition you have to use "site" word separately !! Just wait and watch for the next big change for this particular keyword ^_^
     
    aivil, Oct 18, 2011 IP
  10. 1-stop

    1-stop Active Member

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    #10
    So perhaps the solution is to use both "site" and "website" as the multiple keywords, instead of "web site."
     
    1-stop, Oct 18, 2011 IP
  11. devisrimari

    devisrimari Greenhorn

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    HI,
    USE any google adwords tools with 'web site and website' keywords and choose one which has high search rate.
     
    devisrimari, Oct 18, 2011 IP
  12. Shnooky

    Shnooky Greenhorn

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    It all depends on what gets more searches, exact matches are the best to go with.
     
    Shnooky, Oct 20, 2011 IP
  13. digitalwebman06

    digitalwebman06 Active Member

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    #13
    using Both of them is just great. as Google will suggest the corrct one so using Website is cool. but if you work for both of them then you can te tension free.
    thanks
     
    digitalwebman06, Oct 23, 2011 IP
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    qclinks Peon

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    #14
    Website has become the norm these days. Though grammatically incorrect.
     
    qclinks, Oct 25, 2011 IP
  15. DarioEM

    DarioEM Greenhorn

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    #15
    This has peaked my interest because I have never thought of this one before! Thanks Aaron.

    Another thing you could do landrud is see how many people are searching for each keyword and choose the one that has the highest searches per month. You'll receive more traffic for the keyword with more searches.
     
    DarioEM, Oct 26, 2011 IP
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    Louey37 Peon

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    #16
    Why do you have to use one? I'd register both, 301 one of them to my main site while i set up the other and then, if it's getting more searhc traffic, just set up the other one. At least you'll prevent your competitors from getting it.
     
    Louey37, Nov 3, 2011 IP
  17. Balaji Naidu

    Balaji Naidu Active Member

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    #17
    Hope there is no difference between the word "web site" or "website" , Google is smart enough to track both means the similar word so you don't have to worry about the same, later will be fine enough to optimize for.
     
    Balaji Naidu, Nov 9, 2011 IP
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    di1in Peon

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    #18
    Since google suggested website don't you think that would be the better keyword. It's no use going against the grain.
     
    di1in, Nov 9, 2011 IP
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    #19
    The answers to this is getting interesting, and they are really helpful. My 2 cents - according to your question, you want to dominate the keyword / keywords, so it is not an EMD. Go for both of them, optimize them so that you are found for both of them. And get any other keywords related to them that attract the traffic you desire. You already set up a website with another domain name right?
     
    doktu, Nov 9, 2011 IP
  20. digptrader

    digptrader Peon

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    #20
    look from this, keyword "website" is better
     
    digptrader, Nov 9, 2011 IP