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My site is ab-cde.com, google has me in top 10 for cde.com searches

cde.com is something completely unrelated

12:18 am on Sep 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I own a site with the name in the format ab-cde.com

"cde.com" is a popular search on google, and I am ranked in the top 10 for this! My site had nothing to do with cde.com.

For an easier understanding I give a hypothetical example:

Suppose I had a site called bo-rat.com. Now if people searched for rat.com for information on rats, I would be in the top 10! But my site is about Borat and has nothing to do with rats.

10:14 pm on Oct 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Did I post in the wrong forum?
2:01 am on Oct 26, 2010 (gmt 0)


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the hyphen is a word separator.
http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?answer=136861 [google.com]:
The hyphen - is sometimes used as a signal that the two words around it are very strongly connected. (Unless there is no space after the - and a space before it, in which case it is a negative sign.)

so this means you will sometimes get the term on one side or the other of the hyphen but not both terms in a given search result.

note that a search for [ab-cde.com] is not the same as a search for [site:ab-cde.com]

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