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Not sure if they commened about using numbers at beginning for keywords, title, or domain, but my own thought would be that they might look at it as possible attempt to spam index, unless of course the domain actually did match a physical business' name such as 1stsavyurbooks (picked at random).
Otherwise I would have to agree that a digit in front of the domain like 1widget.com or 4widgets.com "would" look unprofessional, but if you did have only 4widgets and/or the physical business actually had that name and was established it might be different.
If the name's already taken, possibly try for another that is a synonym or close to it. Antiquebooks might be as good as Oldbooks, or Bookshoppe.
Now a person ... is suggesting that I use "1widget.com" or "1widgethelp.com",
Right now "widget.com" and "widgethelp.com" are taken. I bought "widget-help.com" as the next best alternative.
(We have a domain that matches our business and someone else's too. They chose to add a suffix onto their business name for their URL. You wouldn't believe how much of their email we get because people forget to add that suffix.)
widgethelp.com is not a competitor in a true sense - the domain belongs to a non commercial site with lots of free stuff related to widget. They are constantly ranked #1-#3 in Google
and carry my banner ad on their home page.
Regardless, I am not sure I follow the logic about mistyping
the domain name - I would expect most people to click on
the SE result, not to actually type in the url. Am I missing
>>You could consider "widgets.com", "widget.info" or other top level domains (.net, .org etc).
widgets.com - taken.
widget.xxx - taken for any reasonable xxx
Also, from what I have seen being discussed in these forums, using anything other than .com for commercial sites (particularly when a reasonable name such as widget-help.com
is available) does not seem as a very good idea. Is this an
I think I am correct with that?
It's a valid argument above about people leaving out the dash, but it depends if most of your traffic is from search engines or people seeing your domain advertised someone in paper and then typing in a URL.
In terms of consumer recognition though, .COM is light years ahead of pretty much anything.
.INFO, .BIZ et al simply don't carry the same kind of weight as a .COM in general terms. The main exception to this rule is .CO.UK which is country specific anyhow.
Just my two penneth!
anything other than .com for commercial sites ... does not seem as a very good idea. Is this an incorrect assumption?
For Google there is no difference for the top level domain except for searches on google.co.uk for 'pages from the UK' and the alike. For the USA there is no such function.
Since you expect most visitors via SEs (see msg #7), a .info, .org or .biz won't harm you that much I think.