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Bi-lingual domain name selection
hyphenated domain name or not

 12:09 am on Jan 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

I am starting on a site that I've decided to do in an English and Spanish language version because of the marketability of the items on a broader base than the U.S. I've chosen a domain name which is available in both the run-on and hyphenated versions and which includes two keywords, one English the other Spanish.

It is available as spanishkeyword-englishkeyword.com or without the hyphen. The two words are somewhat related, but represent what would be two separate keyword categories. One is secular (the English) and highly competitive, the other is religious (also competetive, but not as atrociously so as the first).

In preliminary checking, it does seem that it will be an advantage to have the keyword in the domain name, particularly for the "religious" one, which will be in Spanish - the first word. I will, of course, place those items in a /directory/ with the English version of the word.

Which would be best to choose, hyphen or no hyphen? Which is best for a bit of an edge in getting picked up? The language issue is an extra consideration.

TIA, Marcia



 1:26 am on Jan 4, 2001 (gmt 0)


my thinking woud be to get both, choose one as the main domain and point the other at the main.

As to which is to be the main domain, whilst I dislike hyphenated domains myself, I do believe that SEs pick up individual words if they are hyphenated.

Also speakers of languages other than english seem to find it easier to recognize the words in a domain if they are hyphenated.

Taking this into account, perhaps the hyphenated would be better.

But then, others may have a different view... Anyone??



 1:45 am on Jan 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

>>choose one as the main domain and point the other at the main.

Interesting point. I have another site with which I'm running into a problem with hyphenated and not (a "free" host/registrar is holding the unhyphenated hostage with noplace to go with it)

How can pointing two domain names to the same site be done safely without running the risk of a penalty for duplicate content with two domain names? What if there are links to both versions and both are picked up by search engines? I would like to do this, but want to make certain it's done safely.


 2:20 am on Jan 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

>done safely?

Ah, now thats the trick..

Here's the theory, although untested....

Park the second domain and redirect it to the main domain. The purpose of the second domain is really only to pick up people who might type it instead of the main domain. The trick is to do it in such a way that the SEs don't penalise both domains.

Similar discussion here [webmasterworld.com] between Shaggy, RC and myself.

Any thoughts anyone??



 7:44 pm on Jan 4, 2001 (gmt 0)


In my experience, the site ought to do well for the spanish kwd only. So if it is bilingual I would give each language its own domain, or if the kwds are unavailable as standalones, put the Spanish version into spanishkeyword-englishkeyword.com and the English into englishkeyword-spanishkeyword.com.

The hyphenated sites I would keep as the main site and just put redirects into a duplicate non-hyphenated set as Woz suggests.


 11:50 pm on Jan 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

>spanishkeyword-englishkeyword.com and the English into englishkeyword-spanishkeyword.com.

Great Idea Rencke!!!


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