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10:13 pm on Jun 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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hey

i am about to register my new site ...and wanted to know if it would make any difference if i register www.widget-deals.com and www.widgetdeals.com

what would be the impact of these two names on search results is any one of them better?

10:15 pm on June 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Either one should be fine but i would go for the non-hyphenated domain. Any time you get to using more than 2 hyphens i would say it becomes a damper.
10:17 pm on June 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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but the one with out the hyphen is already taken....and it has only o ne hyphen so will it be the same or will it suffer in any sense?
10:36 pm on June 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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One or two hyphens in the domain will not be a problem if you only ever promote online, but hyphens are a serious handicap for your ability to advertise offline unless you also control the non-hyphenated version. There will always be users who type in your URL without the hyphen and end up at the wrong site.

I have a couple of hyphenated domains that do okay in the search engines, but wow, do I wish I had control of the non-hyphenated versions so I could advertise offline without worrying about driving traffic to the wrong site.

 

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