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white space on domains
- or _ or nothing?

 1:07 pm on May 23, 2007 (gmt 0)


i want to registry my name in a way that google will find it easy when somebody type it.

for example my name is Word Word should i registry WordWord.com or Word-Word.com or Word_Word.com or something else?

thanks for your time

[edited by: Webwork at 10:56 am (utc) on May 24, 2007]
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 1:20 pm on May 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

1st two and use the 1st.


 1:37 pm on May 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

Underscores can't be used in domain names, at least not that I'm aware of. Maybe in IDNs.


 1:49 pm on May 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

thanks for your replies i was very confused.

if i understand WordWord.com is what i looking for

[edited by: Webwork at 10:56 am (utc) on May 24, 2007]
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 3:21 pm on May 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

If you are really insistent on the visual separation, use a dash (-). It's not possible to use an underscore or a blank.

If you want to conform to typical user expectations, and avoid losing some type-in traffic, leave out the dash.


 4:34 am on May 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

The trouble I see with hyphens (dashes) in domain names is that when you SPEAK your domain name, you must also SPEAK the hyphen! I consider this to be very awkward.

In your case, do you really want to have to say, over the telephone, or over lunch, or during a conversation in the elevator, or during an interview on the radio... "check out my site! It's 'word HYPHEN word DOT com?' "

"Pee, Ay, En, Oh, Ess HYPNEN Gee, Oh, Yew, Arr DOT..." well, I hope you see the problem!

My guess is, "no" you do NOT want to have to SPEAK the hyphen.

Just run it all together. Webmaster World is webmasterworld, not webmaster HYPHEN world. To my thinking, the ability to smoothly speak the name trumps any consideration of visual beauty. Even when speaking each letter, you can get through " W O R D" pretty quickly.

A domain name is a code. If you want to make something visually pretty, make the LINK TEXT pretty... don't bother trying to make the link, itself, pretty.

[edited by: Webwork at 10:57 am (utc) on May 24, 2007]
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 7:11 am on May 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

well just to be sure i register ALL the possibilities including the wrongs kind of typing.

but what i want is to help google to find the domain, so i think to use the <non-hyphenated version> in my advs and the <hyphenated version> for the site so the inside link to improve the google site position

[edited by: Webwork at 10:54 am (utc) on May 24, 2007]
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