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I have taken domains that are www.word-word.com and www.word.info and www.wordword.com and every time for every site I have almost always stuck with the www.wordword.com.
I am just a noob so take that for what it is worth.
The keyword i need is taken for the .com net org, but available in INFO. With hyphens its available in all. Whats the best choice?
Stick with a .com. No hyphens. And make sure you're not stepping on someone's toes. If the .com is taken and you register a hyphenated version, would you be in violation of any copyright, servicemark, trademark and/or registered trademarks?
I believe SE treat hyphened domains as potential spammers, so my advise would be go for .info without "-"
... there is no way that it will affect SEO. The SE's will not look at a .com site and decide that it should be weighted higher than a .info or whatever.
To say that the choice of a domain tld (short for top-level domain) has no effect on SEO is comparable to saying that choice of host has no effect on SEO. Of course it has an effect. As always, the trick is more in figuring what the effect is, how important it is, how much it is associated with other elements of SEO.
However, I am certain that my choice of TLD and my choice of host can and often do affect the rankings of a given site, and that is what SEO is all about ... better rankings in the organic SERP's. Like I said, think indirect and ripple effects. These kinds of choices matter.
You say that you are certain that it happens so what is the logic behind this?
I still cannot see any logic in a search engine penalising a site in any way because it chose to use a particular TLD
Me neither. That'd be pretty stupid, so I doubt that they do it. (But then again, no one here suggested that the SE's penalize for use of a TLD.)
Reprise: Indirect and ripple effects. 'Nough said. ;-)