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Does Google recognise keywords bunched?
dannibecher




msg:3843721
 1:28 pm on Feb 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have recently had a discussion with a collegue about keywords in domain names. The question was "If i have a domain name www.footballbaseball.com does Google recognise these are two separate keywords or does it lump them together as one? I am of the opinion that with no -s or _s Google will see this as one keyword and not two. Any thoughts?

 

g1smd




msg:3843745
 2:04 pm on Feb 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

They are starting to "split words" when they analyse them, but I wouldn't rely on it much yet.

pageoneresults




msg:3843748
 2:12 pm on Feb 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

The question was "If i have a domain name www.footballbaseball.com does Google recognise these are two separate keywords or does it lump them together as one?

I pay very close attention to this and Google will see the individual words since it is a domain name. Same applies to "most" file naming too. It doesn't appear that those hyphens are needed anymore but I am not giving them up just yet. ;)

Also, domains are not case sensitive. To help visitors read continuous strings a little easier, I like using PascalCasing now. So the above would end up being FootballBaseball.com.

P.S. In your example, you've got an extra kick in the arse. Note the word Baseball? And then note the word Baseball backwards? That's double mint! ballBaseball

afaik




msg:3844317
 7:55 am on Feb 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

What about FootBallBaseBall? I guess Google might compare the parsed words with content or meta tags to see if the domain is about foot or football?

Anyways, in my experience they seem to be doing a fairly good job of parsing, and value those embedded keywords quite highly.

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