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Did I make a bad domain name choice?



8:54 am on Oct 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

After registering my domain name, I'm starting to think that I've made a big mistake in terms of SEO (apologies if this is the wrong forum for SEO relating to domain names)

My website is several years old and we were on our original domain name for 4 years. I registered the new one in January and moved the site to the new domain this September.

The website name is "Game Dev Unlimited", the current domain is "gdunlimited.net".

Obviously, this doesn't contain many keywords. What I would like to know is how harmful this is, particular in light of my competitors who's domains have keywords, and in light of the fact that I'm not the best SEO around.

The reason I chose that one was because of length, I thought "gamedevunlimited.net" was a bit long.

Would another shift be harmful (if the best option is to move domain names again)?

Perhaps "gamedevu.net" would be the better the option.

Thanks in advance,


11:37 am on Oct 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Have you been following the EMD update thread? [webmasterworld.com...]

No, you didn't make a bad choice because Google hates exact match domains stuffed with keywords, and shorter domains are harder to typo.


4:49 pm on Oct 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member jimbeetle is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Why do you think you made a mistake in the choice of domain name?


6:02 pm on Oct 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Yes, you should consider rebranding to:



10:38 pm on Oct 14, 2012 (gmt 0)

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@jecasc: helpful ;)

@Rosalind: I haven't been following actually. Thanks for the link.

@jimbeetle: To be honest, whenever I'm googling certain software that my website is about, its always those websites whose domain name matches exactly the software name. And they're not official sites either, they're just people who go in first to buy those domain names and chucked some forum software up. I know better than to think SEO is a lot more than keywords in the domain, but in this case, it seems to be a rule of thumb for google searches.


9:30 pm on Oct 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I think you made a mistake.
Seems to me the first is easier to remember and it contains your main keyword

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