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To dash or not to dash

Should domain names contain dashes



1:51 pm on Mar 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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When setting up a new site, and given the option, should you register the domain name with dashes or not? ie. model-airplane-manufacturer.com or modelairplanemanufacturer.com

Also, can this strategy be used to outrank those sites that already have the good domain names but don't use the dashes?


2:28 pm on Mar 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I believe that "model-airplane-manufacturer" is parsed as the three words "model", "airplane" and "manufacturer", while "modelairplanemanufacturer" is parsed as the single (rather strange!) word "modelairplanemanufacturer".


1:33 am on Mar 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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My strategy is to use both versions: The domain with the dashes is good for search engines (if there is a keyword in it), the one without for humans that type the domain in, e.g from your business card. To avoid having identical content on two domains I just redirect from the domain without dashes to the one with dashes.


5:23 pm on Mar 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thanks guys,

I like the idea of registering both domains and redirecting one.


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