atlrus - 1:03 pm on Oct 1, 2012 (gmt 0)
All things being equal (i.e. no SEOs using the technique) then EMDs might be a good indicator of relevance for search engines. But this hasn't been a reality for a long time and given there are quite a few people posting in this thread (and probably many more that haven't) that run networks of dozens, even hundreds of EMDs (across multiple markets) should stand testiment to the fact that the technique was well on Google's radar.
Huh?!? I'm sorry, but I cannot think of any EMD that is not pointing to a website about that topic. The whole point of registering an EMD is to build a website around that keyword. In other words, you don't buy hotels dot com to sell soap.