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Hi there fellow Warriors,

I come from the UK and am going to be setting up a blog about mountain biking in the UK (England, Britain)

What sort of domain name would you go for ?

A .com is important I know but do I include the most popular keyword / keyword phrase in the domain or get somebody from fiverr or any of the freelancer sites to do market research for me and then...

Pick a semi popular keyword phrase as the domain name so as to stand a better chance of higher rankings in Google ?

Cheers

John Metcalfe
#biking #domain advice #mountain
  • Profile picture of the author tc888
    If the site is for a UK audience it's best to go with .co.uk rather than a .com
    Exact match domains still do well in Google for local terms but for a site about mountain bikes it would be better to choose a brand name, something memorable.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Keyword domains are sooo yesterday. Choose a brandable domain and the content will bring traffic rather than the domain name. Google stopped giving importance to keyword domains a long time ago.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
      Originally Posted by tc888 View Post

      ... but for a site about mountain bikes it would be better to choose a brand name
      NOT!!!

      I assume that if your blog is about mountain biking, it is about the experience, venues, facilities, competitions, etc. NOT about a particular brand of mountain bike!

      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      Keyword domains are sooo yesterday. Choose a brandable domain and the content will bring traffic rather than the domain name. Google stopped giving importance to keyword domains a long time ago.
      ^^^ this ^^^ (maybe even day before yesterday - I lose track of time)

      "mountain biking" is probably too general, but start there and start defining the topic of your blog in more specific terms.
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  • Profile picture of the author tc888
    You misunderstood my post. By brand name I wasn't referring to a brand of mountain bike, I was talking about the website name, e.g passionforbikes.co.uk, that kind of thing.

    By the way keyword rich domains still rank very well indeed for local (country.state,city,town) keywords with zero backlinking. First page rankings are incredibly easy.
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    • Profile picture of the author Verdatti
      I completely agree with tc888 in this one. If you'll just target UK, a .co,uk would be perfect. If you believe you might want to expand to other countries in the future or to have a global blog, then go with the .com.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
      Originally Posted by tc888 View Post

      You misunderstood my post. By brand name I wasn't referring to a brand of mountain bike, I was talking about the website name, e.g passionforbikes.co.uk, that kind of thing.

      By the way keyword rich domains still rank very well indeed for local (country.state,city,town) keywords with zero backlinking. First page rankings are incredibly easy.
      Sure they are...
      but it is just as easy to rank for locally focused keywords WITHOUT a keyword rich domain name.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
    Originally Posted by John-Metcalfe View Post


    A .com is important I know
    It can be, but not for just ranking. Plenty of non .com domains rank better than .com versions.

    Sometimes someone is just sitting on a .com and in the meantime you can grab a dot net, get it ranking, and then making money while the dot com sits in limbo.
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