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choosing domain name with /without "-"



12:42 pm on Nov 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

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With SEO in mind, which one is better?

aaa-bbb.com or aaabbb.com ?

Thanks in advance..


1:00 pm on Nov 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

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From a purely SEO perspective I don't think it should make a significant difference if you have a well designed site with quality content.

Type in traffic is another matter and the accepted wisdom of that seems to be to avoid punctuation.

If you have a brand name to protect then you really do need to buy both and redirect one to the other.


4:50 pm on Nov 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

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thanks piatkow for your prompt response..


5:58 pm on Nov 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

I agree with piatkow however some may say that without the "-" is best but from a legability point with "-" can be highly advantageous however do ensure you own both, don't try and compete against someone with an already well-established site in the same widget indsutry with a "-" versus without.

I am noticing more and more these days especially in UK TV advertising "-" is being used a lot more.

francie brady

10:33 pm on Dec 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

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What if you have the example-one-two.com and the exampleonetwo.com is taken but is parked with adsense? The example one tow is not a tradebrand name, it's a niche market. If the example-one-two.com gets going and becomes well established, would it be ok then?

thanks :-)


12:13 am on Jan 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Just a small consideration: you'd be amazed at how many people search for terms without using spaces like "onlinewidgets" etc. Although Google does some intelligent seperation when it recognises words, if the words are not commonly searched phrases (ie "pigeonwidget" or "buyamericanwidgets") then I find the non-hyphenated generally provides a better match.

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