What to do if a domain is already taken ?

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So...we found a good niche but the .com, .net and .org with keyword rich domains are taken. What is better to do ?

for example:

niche about dog food

keywords: best food for your dog

bestfoodforyourdog.com not available
bestfoodforyourdog.org not available
bestfoodforyourdog.net not available

Should we register .biz, .cc , .us , .or .info ?

If not, from your experince, what is better for SEO and ranking in first page of google in a niche ?

to add: a, s, the, - , site, now ...etc


abestfoodforyourdog.com
bestfoodforyourdogs.com
thebestfoodforyourdog.com
best-food-for-your-dog.com
bestfoodforyourdogsite.com
bestfoodforyourdognow.com

I want to make affiliates sales with clickbank, so the goal is to register a keyword rich domain
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  • Out of those, I prefer thebestfoodforyourdog.com. It reads as sensible English, and 'the' seems to be largely discounted when tracked for search engine results.

    However, this is still a little on the wordy side for my tastes, and I'd see if you can come up with something shorter - unless the numbers from the keyword analysis suggest that this will still be an excellent domain to go after.

    I would avoid the dashes and the other domain extensions completely.

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    • Profile picture of the author Matt Morgan
      Dont worry to much if your domain is taken,

      One solution is that you can add an extention on to the keyword such as 'info' 'tips' 'today'

      bestfoodforyourdoginfo.com

      bestfoodforyourdogtips.com

      bestfoodforyourdogtoday.com

      or some other words you can think of, as these above red ones were just quick examples, im sure you can think of better ones. I did this and am ranking well for them keyword domains but it took time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Winlin
      With your permission I can PM you a link to a free report I have listed in the Warrior "Make Money Online Section" it's on the second or third page... or you can do a search under winlin and find it. It has to do with finding exact keyword domain names.

      I think I'll get slapped if I put the link here in the text. So if your interested search my threads or If I'm still awake I can P.M. you the link if you want it.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        best-food-for-your-dog.com

        But first I'd check to see it this one is available...

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    • Profile picture of the author BigDaddys101
      Originally Posted by impact-productions View Post

      Out of those, I prefer thebestfoodforyourdog.com. It reads as sensible English, and 'the' seems to be largely discounted when tracked for search engine results.

      However, this is still a little on the wordy side for my tastes, and I'd see if you can come up with something shorter - unless the numbers from the keyword analysis suggest that this will still be an excellent domain to go after.

      I would avoid the dashes and the other domain extensions completely.

      Thom
      I prefer dashes it makes the text more readable
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        For SEO purposes, a .info, or a hyphenated version of the .com/.org/.net domain-name will do just as well as anything else: its SERP's position will depend entirely on your on-page and off-page SEO, just as for any other site.

        Whether you want to base a site on a hyphenated or .info domain-name of which the unhyphenated .com version already belongs to someone else (with the prospect of losing future traffic to their site) is a whole different question. It's not something I'd willingly/knowingly do, myself.
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          • Profile picture of the author felmstone
            if the domain is taken, maybe you should get another domain that is likely similar to the one you want, or you can add some extensions to it, like tips, guide, info or anything that is good

            or if you really need badly that particular domain, maybe you should find the owner of it, and negotiate.
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        • Profile picture of the author alaltaieri
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          For SEO purposes, a .info, or a hyphenated version of the .com/.org/.net domain-name will do just as well as anything else: its SERP's position will depend entirely on your on-page and off-page SEO, just as for any other site.

          Whether you want to base a site on a hyphenated or .info domain-name of which the unhyphenated .com version already belongs to someone else (with the prospect of losing future traffic to their site) is a whole different question. It's not something I'd willingly/knowingly do, myself.

          Like I told you, the competition on this keyword is low. and the unhyphenated version can be easily beaten.It has few backlinks,no PR, 0 domain age etc

          Anyway, can you or someone else can answer to the second question from my previous post ?
          thanks
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          • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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            Originally Posted by alaltaieri View Post

            Anyway, can you or someone else can answer to the second question from my previous post ?
            In my opinion, for SEO purposes it'll make no difference at all. Your site's SERP's position will be dependent on your on-page and off-page SEO, not on where in the domain-name the hyphen is.
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            • Profile picture of the author alaltaieri
              Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

              In my opinion, for SEO purposes it'll make no difference at all. Your site's SERP's position will be dependent on your on-page and off-page SEO, not on where in the domain-name the hyphen is.
              I meant the question about what kind of domain is better to register. the one with the keyword from 2 words or the one with the keyword from 3 words.(which include first keyword)
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              • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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                Originally Posted by alaltaieri View Post

                I meant the question about what kind of domain is better to register. the one with the keyword from 2 words or the one with the keyword from 3 words.(which include first keyword)
                Sorry; I think I answered the wrong one.

                I'm not sure. My guess is that the one with the three-word keyword (which includes the two-word keyword) is better to register, to cover both; but this is only a guess - I have no personal experience of it and will be interested to see others' replies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    Anyone who has lots of sites and has been in the SEO game for long will tell you to use hyphens, not extra words that dilute your percentage of exact match in your domain name. I'd not hesitate to register the hyphenated .com.

    The one time that may be a bad choice is if you plan to brand the name and rely on type-in traffic or things like radio ads. Hyphens will hurt you then, but otherwise, for SEO purposes, hyphenate that bad boy!

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  • Profile picture of the author George Wright
    Think how you can get key words people will be searching for.

    Adding The on front works. Ending with dogs works.

    What about, and I'm thinking you are not really talking about dog food, so what about just repeating the key words. bestfoodforyourdogbestfoodforyourdog.com then say on your site... The dog food so nice we said it twice

    Of course I'm only saying this if your name is shorter and the dog food is not really it. Once Business.com was gone, someone registered BusinessBusiness.com and businessbusinessbusiness.com is taken and 4x is also taken. The one available now is and I don't feel like typing it, but, it's business 5 times.com

    Hey it's past lunch time and I haven't eaten yet. All this talk about dog food is making me hungry. Woof

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  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    If you want to obsess over keyword domains, just use hyphens. Nobody is going to do a direct visit anyway, all your traffic will come from SERPs.
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  • Profile picture of the author vinug
    Originally Posted by alaltaieri View Post

    So...we found a good niche but the .com, .net and .org with keyword rich domains are taken. What is better to do ?

    for example:

    niche about dog food

    keywords: best food for your dog

    bestfoodforyourdog.com not available
    bestfoodforyourdog.org not available
    bestfoodforyourdog.net not available

    Should we register .biz, .cc , .us , .or .info ?

    If not, from your experince, what is better for SEO and ranking in first page of google in a niche ?

    to add: a, s, the, - , site, now ...etc


    abestfoodforyourdog.com
    bestfoodforyourdogs.com
    thebestfoodforyourdog.com
    best-food-for-your-dog.com
    bestfoodforyourdogsite.com
    bestfoodforyourdognow.com

    I want to make affiliates sales with clickbank, so the goal is to register a keyword rich domain
    try to use hyphens between words.
    Note that there should not be more than 2 hyphens.
    More than 2 would make it look unprofessional.
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  • Profile picture of the author lebanonwebdesign
    How about a memorable nice domain name and you put the keywords in pages URLs.
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  • Profile picture of the author kira.arg
    thebestfoodforyourdog.com is better. However, I don't think a creative name that does not have any SEO keyword in it will do any harm.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sanjay89
    A .info will do. Trust it doesn't matter if you use a .com or a .info when you have good content on your website. Add a lot of backlinks. I myself had a .info for a low competitive niche and I managed to get to the top 5. So don't worry if its a .com or.info
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  • Profile picture of the author alaltaieri
    two more questions.


    1)Can I use hyphens like this ?

    bestfoodforyour-dog.com

    2) I found a 2 words keyword with about 400 searches/day
    The .com is taken but I can use hyphens. I tried to add another word to the main keyword and I found a 3 words keyword with about 150 searches/day. very low competition on the both keywords

    I want that my main keyword to be the one with 400 searches/day and with 2 words. My question is: It's recommended to register the domain with the second keyword (the one with 3 words and 150 searches)? because that keyword contain the initial keyword + another word...

    If yes, I cannot register word1word2word3.com/org/net and I cannot register word1-word2-word3.com but I can register word1word2-word3.com (with only one hyphen) Is this good for google ?
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    • Profile picture of the author alaltaieri
      Originally Posted by alaltaieri View Post

      two more questions.


      1)Can I use hyphens like this ?

      bestfoodforyour-dog.com

      2) I found a 2 words keyword with about 400 searches/day
      The .com is taken but I can use hyphens. I tried to add another word to the main keyword and I found a 3 words keyword with about 150 searches/day. very low competition on the both keywords

      I want that my main keyword to be the one with 400 searches/day and with 2 words. My question is: It's recommended to register the domain with the second keyword (the one with 3 words and 150 searches)? because that keyword contain the initial keyword + another word...

      If yes, I cannot register word1word2word3.com/org/net and I cannot register word1-word2-word3.com but I can register word1word2-word3.com (with only one hyphen) Is this good for google ?

      I'm still waiting an answer to my second question above...
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  • Profile picture of the author gsuccess
    If the domain is taken just add a word to the end like:

    info
    blog
    review
    today
    daily etc

    Having said that what matters most is the ON-Page and OFF-Page SEO of your website.
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    • Profile picture of the author marketguy
      A word of caution on hyphens from a newbie.

      What works today, can easily not work tomorrow if g88gle
      doesn't want it to work.

      Just imagine if G decides, that all the sites using hyphens
      are set up for the sole purpose of SEO and therefore do not
      hold the same value. What than?

      Are you in it for the long run?

      bestfoodforyourdogguide.com is my suggestion.
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  • Profile picture of the author odidis
    For me I would just try the less hyphens to add and register the domain name. The moment you have the domain name what counts more for ranking is your backlinks value.
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  • Profile picture of the author itzpaul
    Most are great. It's not the domain that really matters it's how many backlinks you have.
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  • Profile picture of the author Super Affiliate
    My suggestion is also the same as others who said to use hyphens. I'm also doing a lot of SEO works myself and using hyphens is better than using extra or additional words.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mini
      Go for the long tail and a .com is always best. I'd take a hyphen over a .net or .org and I'd only use .info if I do a direct link.
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