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another "hypenated" vs "non-hyphenated" post



2:52 am on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have both the hyphenated and non-hyphenated domains for a 3 word search term. The question is: which domain should I build my new site around that will benefit my site from a SEARCH OPTIMIZATION standpoint only? Before everyone quickly answers the non-hyhenated domain, please keep these points in mind:

- Which ever domain I choose, the other will be pointed to the main site.

- I am not interested in traditional branding, just to be natuarally optimized in the search results.

- All 3 key words in my domain are interchangable search terms (for example bigbluewidget.com with "big blue", "blue widget", and "big widget" all popular search terms.

- My best site is a 2 word hyphenated domain, so I am already a fan of the hyphen.

But, I want to build my site around the best domain that help me rank well in the search results. Or, is there not a difference in either domain as long as I follow the core principals (good content, revelant links, etc.) of building and natuaral optimizing a website?

Again, my options are:
www.big-blue-widget.com or www.bigbluewidget.com

Any suggestions would be helpful.


9:04 am on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Both. With a 301 redirect from bigbluewidget.com to big-blue-widget.com

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