Dunno if this is the right forum to post on... but i have a question about search engines. For ranking high there's alot of factors. But does the domain name matter too? and if it does, does it help alot to have a keyword (keyword about your website, like if i'd sell cars, to make my domain cars.com or something) in your domain?
The domain name seems to matter less in Google than MSN. I've got a <keyword>.org domain which ranks #1 in MSN for a search on 'keyword'. The site has a couple of dozen pages and very few incoming links - so I was surprised to see MSN listing it at #1.
my opinion is the opposite i think a domain name might not be a very important fact for ranking but it plays a role in it. like the target keyword is small widgets and a site widgets.com or small-widgets.com the second one would have a chance to rank higher if they both are optimized about the same level
I think it matters. I have a few domains that I never made use of and registered for more than 4 months. It has three keywords. No link from other site whatsoever. No content except CMS for one site and index page, contact info, etc and a few linking to other sites for the other sites. Page ranking from 1 to 2. Incredible. I attribute it to the keywords in the domain.
Good example why the domain name can be important: Lets say you use your main keyword 'red widgets' in your domain name red-widgets.com and some want to link to your website and we know how important the link text is for a good link:) so when they link to you "a href redwidgets.com" through your domain url then your main keyword is in the url too and it makes the link be even better.