Let's say I'm interested in abuying a hyphenated domain name. I found it using Good Keywords. But to my suprise, the word "widget" is listed in two words "wid" and "get" for the most searched entry. When I go to register it, I'm faced with a dilemma. Which do I do to catch the most search engine traffic?
1) Register "widget.com" , or 2) Register "wid-get.com"
If I could use a better word to clarify, think of the word "doghouse" and Good Keywords breaks it down into "dog" and "house" for the first entry.
I'd go for the hyphenated one when it comes to a domain name if you are not going to build a brand you may as well be descriptive.
Depending on the keywords you're targetting the domain will be no where near enough to secure you a decent position and is actually fairly irrelevant on its own but I always thing that hyphens look better as long as the domain doesn't get too long and look stupid I would say two hyphens is the max you should use unless there is a very good reason.
I have a related question. A company I know has a brand name such as 800-widgets and also a domain with that hyphenated name.
I understand that hyphens render the two words as separate. If I search for well-known sites that begin with 1-800-widgets, I get different results depending on whether I type 1800-widgets, 1-800-widgets, or 1 800 widgets. Since there are thousands of companies with 800 numbers, the SERPs are hit or miss for this company.
My question is whether a hyphenated brand name is therefore a bad idea?
I think that hyphenated brand names are a bad idea in general. The domains are ok and better even than the alloneword versions of things but if you are building a brand -'s are confusing to a lot of people I think.
you most be careful here a lot of people when linking to a domain name will automatically the drop hyphen for the the url and replace it with a space and search-engines will always see the hyphen as a space.
but how can a search decide whether :
"therapist" is one keyword or two hyphens although they have become associate with some darkside of the internet i like them ;)