shazam - 8:01 pm on Sep 6, 2011 (gmt 0)
EMD's are far from dead. In a new niche I am pursuing ALL the top ten results have the keyword in the domain. It's actually kind of silly
This sort of thing, with the real 'keyword.com' of course doing quite well.
In other niches the EMD's appear to have taken a slap upside the head with a panda claw.
The cost and difficulty in obtaining an EMD makes the domain a semi decent indicator. The scrapers/spammers stay away and tend to go with cheaper disposable domains. The companies that invest in a good domain often do what it takes to make a good site and have a more realistic long term view. They are often more interested in developing their brand. So g should pay attention and use the domain as a ranking factor in my opinion.