Is it good or bad to have a lenthy domain in seo point of view?

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Hi,

I am a beginner in seo and one of my friend said that lengthy domain name is bad for seo,so while planning a branding of new business he said we must suggest a 5-7 character length for their domain.But when i searched on this web,am still get confused about this,there is two opinion is there,so please help me to find out the actual answer for this.Thank you in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author vignesh kumar
    Yeah! I too not suggest lengthy domain. It is not a SEO friendly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gambino
    Google something. Anything. How many domains on page one are 5-7 characters?

    If google heavily favored 5-7 letter domains, wouldn't page one of their results be filled with nothing but these domains? They're not.

    I'm no SEO expert but I doubt google puts much, if any, weight on domain length. I think they're far more concerned with providing accurate information to their users and the metrics (such as links) they use to identify the best content are much more important than domain length.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Richard
    keyword based lengthy domain name is a good SEO practice.
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  • Profile picture of the author affmarketer101
    To me, the maximum number of characters should be 12.
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  • Profile picture of the author divyakochar
    Yes, Lengthy domain is not good for your business. Below are some tips to choose a seo friendly domain:

    1. Keep it short
    2. Avoid Hyphens and other special characters
    3. Make it Brandable
    4. Use a short keyword

    Hope this will help you.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    This question is about SEO. The length of a domain name has nothing to do with SEO.

    You should try to keep it shorter and memorable because it will help with return visitors. 5-7 characters is a bit absurd. I can't imagine there are a whole lot of memorable, pertinent domain names available that are that short, unless your friend thinks people will remember something like wqzrxqxz.com

    See if myfriendisclueless.com is available (longer, but definitely memorable).
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  • Profile picture of the author Deevoo
    Your friend didn't explain why it's bad to have a long domain name, but I think it's about the visitors. Shorter domains will be easier to type and remember. Regardless of your domain name length, if you can attract visitors and clicks, then your SEO is doing its job. Search engines has no benefit down ranking your site just because it has a long domain name.
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  • Profile picture of the author damiangonzalez
    In general short domains are better, but it is not a factor of much weight. If you have the possibility to choose between two domain, one long and one short, the second is better... but if the short domain is not available, it is not for going crazy.

    Long domains can be used to put keywords, the famous EMD. Short domains have the advantage that they make your URL's short when they join the titles of the posts which can improve the CTR in the SERP.
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  • Profile picture of the author Obermair
    Keep the name short if possible and easy to spell. Better for folks to type in again if they haven't book marked it. That said, Google doesn't rank the site lower because it has a long domain name.
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  • The domain must be catchy, easy to remember but not too long, and with keywords if possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Bridgen
    You need a domain name that people remember. unless it is example how to repair your pc. or understandingaffiliatemarketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Easton321
    Domain Name should be short and suitable to remember. If it's of 5-7 characters, then it's good. If your targeted keyword contains in the domain name, then it's very easy for you to rank that keyword. A lengthy domain name (not too lengthy) doesn't matter for SEO ranking if your website contains powerful backlinks with authority sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Warez Activity
    From professional IT persons i heard lenthy domain is not good at all for seo. as you know if you find a short available domain, it's much more expensive than lenthy domain. it's hard to find short names for domain but if you try hard , you'll find
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  • Profile picture of the author Jakir531
    Having a long domain name is not bad for SEO directly. But it has its other downsides that indirectly affects your website:
    • They are not easy to remember.
    • They sometimes look spammy.
    • Have a domain that can be recognized well by the people and which is easy for them to remember, that will help you in branding.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    I can't see this having an impact on SEO, but it will impact people remembering the url and possibly linking in.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kusti Franti
    hi ajmal,
    Having a long domain name is not bad for SEO directly. But it has its other downsides that indirectly affects your website:
    They are not easy to remember.
    They sometimes look spammy.
    Have a domain that can be recognized well by the people and which is easy for them to remember, that will help you in branding.

    Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author JM35
    Stick to two words, ideally less than 15 characters, and try to use a keyword as one of the words.

    It also really depends on whether you want to build a brand, or simply a site that ranks well in search.

    The end answer is, it doesn't matter enough for you to get too hung up on it. How well you rank in the search engines is going to depend on how good your sites content is and how much you focus on SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmitVermaSPS
    There are different advantages to each. We'll start with long domain names.

    If you can't really "sum up" what your company does in just one word, or if your brand name is a little vague, you may want to purchase a longer URL to better explain what your purpose is. Let's say you sell children's clothing online, and the name of your business is "Pink Boutique." To make your purpose and store identity a little clearer, you may choose something like pink-boutique-clothing.com instead of something shorter.

    The Benefits of Short URLs
    Shorter URLs, usually two words or less or A brand name, also have some very specific advantages. Short domain names are easier to read, since they're so concise, and they're also easier to remember. Also, since they take up less room, they are easier to include on any printed material, like business cards or brochures.

    Short URLs have a better chance at being "catchy," and are more likely to "stick" in someone's head.
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  • Profile picture of the author robertmeyer
    Yes, there is a different kind of suggestions and opinions about selecting the domain name, especially when you are searching for SEO point of view. In my suggestion, get a domain name which is focusing your main targeted service/keyword, easy to keep in mind, easy to memorize, also have a meaning so that people able to understand easily and able to find out what really your website is about. It may be long, it may be short. Let's say, I am going to serve Real Estate Service in the Alabama area and my main focus is getting traffic locally. So, if I choose "albamarealestateservice dot com", it's too long, isn't it? But easy to remember. Because I have focused my business intention through my domain name. And it's long but make sense to peoples. But if I want to keep it short like "alabamares dot com", it's short but not letting people know what it is really about and quite hard to memorize it. Organized domain name (if long) makes sense to the people than the mess short domain name. In my opinion, longer or shorter doesn't really matter, but it's a matter about what you are really doing to make the domain name memorable. I hope my suggestion will help you a bit to make your decision.
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  • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
    Originally Posted by ajmal shan View Post

    ... my friend said that lengthy domain name is bad for seo,...
    They surely are not for people who have short memory and as for SEO...
    long or not have very little to do with it but more with much it's descriptive.



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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Bridgen
    One of my best results is from a long domain name. As long as it is a keyword related domain name. one of my domain names is 31 letters long .com BUT it is a keyword related domain name and gives away a free course. I send traffic via my facebook pages and blog also squeeze pages and it works and makes sales Because it is a easy name to remember hope it helps
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  • Profile picture of the author larasmith0045
    You asked the most important question related SEO domain. you should choose small or easy topic as domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Bridgen
    This will depend on the product and also if it is a keyword then it will be ok. I have a domain name that is long and it works fine I direct traffic to it all the time.
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