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What Domains do Search Engines like Better?

two terms together or with a dash or three terms or four



5:01 am on Dec 11, 2001 (gmt 0)

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would they be treated the same by lets say google?
and would they have an advantage becaust the saerch tearm is in the domain?

how about this


does it still rank high for "cell phones" even if the first tearm does not make sense


6:47 am on Dec 11, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Here is a good one about hyphened names




8:02 am on Dec 11, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I've never seen any evidence that .net's don't do as well as their .com counterparts, although I've heard this before.

Keywords in the domain will give you a slight boost but it's not the holy grail...that would be content. Ink particularly seems to like keywords in the domain but if you pay them they become blind anyway. Google also likes them, but again, the content behind the domain name is what really counts.

Think of how many sites there are that rank well without any keywords in the domain at all...much less hyphenated.

Bottom line: it helps a tad but don't bet the farm on a domain name alone getting good rankings.


8:17 am on Dec 11, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I agree with you toolman.

Lets say that you should SEO a site for cottage rentanls
And your main Kws its cottage rentals i think you will give a better boost for www.cottage-rentals.com thats my personal experience. But i agree with you there is alot of pages with no kws in url that have top listings thats why content is king.



12:34 pm on Dec 20, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I prefer to start with a solid domain name keyword-keyword.com I know my SEO is going to be easier in this case.

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