Msg#: 3076929 posted 4:08 am on Sep 9, 2006 (gmt 0)
One thing to consider - the search engines parse a dash or underscore as a space. So the name red-widgets.com will give somewhat of a boost in the algorithm if you are trying to rank for widgets or red widgets. People like to type multiple words mashed together in the address bar (redwidgets.com), but are more likely to use a space in a search field, and the search engines treat redwidgets like one compound word - you will rank high for that word, but it is usually one that few people are searching for.
Msg#: 3076929 posted 8:26 am on Sep 9, 2006 (gmt 0)
I've had a very similar dilemna myself. I chose thewidgetblog.com because widgetblog.com was taken. A blog is such a personal form of communication, so my domain name had to look good and be easy to remember.
Msg#: 3076929 posted 12:09 am on Sep 10, 2006 (gmt 0)
I don't know anything about domain/url level seo but I thought that dashes were a bit of a spam flag for the search algos - is this old thinking or was it never a problem for search engines at all but rather a branding issue?
Msg#: 3076929 posted 2:33 am on Sep 10, 2006 (gmt 0)
I guess I am inclined to think of hyphenated sites as "spammy". A site with "the" in front is also a little spammy, but I think more memorable. I will be going with TheWidgetPlace.com... thanks for y'alls input.