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Now, www.word1-word2.co.uk has long gone, but there are other related word combos which are available, but slightly less relevant to the subject. However I'd really like to use my 'ideal' 2 words somehow.
Would I therefore be better going for a domain such as word1--word2.co.uk (note the 2 dashes - which is still available), rather than using a less commonly used word pairing separated by just as single dash??
Would the SEs ignore the 2 dashes, as they might with just using the single dash version had it been available, and just focus on my 2 ideal words???
This isn't a trading site so I wouldn't be reliant on people remembering to use the 2 dashes when typing in the url by hand, as most hits would either be via inbound links (from sites whose theme/subject closely ties in to my favourite 2 words) or from SEs.
Sorry if I've waffled a bit :-)
While I am here though, let me add to this.
Discovering "salesbooks" taken, I got "sales-books".
later when checking rankings, I noticed I shot out from 10 to 68! I knew something was wrong.
Checking rankings, I noticed that instead of searching with the words "sales books", I had searched "sales-books".
Starting again and keying in "sales books", I noticed I had my number 10 back.
In summary, I can see great advantages extended to using the "_" and therefore the "--". When you have a url including the hyphen, you will get a double entry listing, but only one when hyphens are not used.
Logic suggests "--" could get you triple entries.
Retro - However if its a hobby site then you might as well try and if it dont work then just change the domain name later. Not as if you are going to lose big bucks!! :-)
thanks for the info, I havent read that anywhere else so I may play safe and go with <little word that is kind of related><word1><word2>.co.uk
From checking out some test search results, the top urls being returned for my subject area contain a little word, such as "my", then my favourite 2 words bunched together (no hyphens), then split them apart in the title, as if defining how the concatenated string of words should be split apart, using *just* those 2 words in the title.
thanks again for the input y'all ;-)
The 'trailing dash' hasnt been available since 1999 when network solutions blocked it following a high profile incident of someone registering microsoft-.com, If my memory serves me correctly :)