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Take into account that in this case most people will not be typing the url into their browser... I expect 90% of the traffic to come via links.
This is a brand new site. The three keywords in the domain names are short and are a commonly searched on combination for exactly what my site is about. I am wondering which url would be best to use. I have both names and can use a 301 redirect for the other.
So if I were to use www.#*$!x-yyyy-zzzz.com, and this is what would be in any recipical links as well as listings in the search engines. An individual could still enter www.#*$!xyyyyzzzz.com or www.#*$!x-yyyy-zzzz.com and get to the site. I am wondering which one would be better to use as THE url for improved ranking and seo efforts?
Anyway, I personally like XYZ rather using hyphens. One hyphen looks ok, but more than that in my opinion looks like a spam website where the webmaster is only focusing on SEO rather than giving its visitors real content.
When I see hyphens in domain names I think 4 things:
4) out of touch or out of date
Brandability also sucks on hyphens...
[edited by: TowerOfPower at 4:53 pm (utc) on April 18, 2009]