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So I have a new niche in mind that I plan on getting into this winter. It is something I am really passionate about, and should really be able to put out good quality content for.

There are 2-3 other "Authority" level blogs in this niche, but plenty of demand to go around for all of us.

However I am having trouble finding a good domain name to set up my blog around. The niche is a specific sport, and most of the following type domains are gone:

xxxtraining
xxxfitness
xxxxtips
xxxworkouts

My options seem to be going for .net or .org domains (which many of which are also taken), adding extra words like "best" or "top," using hyphens in the domain, or going with something less keyword based, and geared more towards branding.

Any thoughts?
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  • Profile picture of the author IMSince2003
    I'm a big fan of hyphenating words in domains. Other people hate them. For example, which looks better, this missslowdriversstory.com OR miss-slow-drivers-story.com. I think you get the idea. Anyway, don't want to start a hyphen vs. no hyphen style debate. You can also try xxxtrainingandfitness.com or xxxfitnesstraining.com. That way, you'll rank for xxxtraining AND xxxfitness. I hope this helps you out (you can use the thanks button ).
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    • Profile picture of the author hometutor
      Just capitalize the beginning of each word. It may look better but it's terrible for people to type in to the browser in my opinion.

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    • Profile picture of the author Aditya K
      Originally Posted by IMSince2003 View Post

      I'm a big fan of hyphenating words in domains. Other people hate them. For example, which looks better, this missslowdriversstory.com OR miss-slow-drivers-story.com. I think you get the idea. Anyway, don't want to start a hyphen vs. no hyphen style debate. You can also try xxxtrainingandfitness.com or xxxfitnesstraining.com. That way, you'll rank for xxxtraining AND xxxfitness. I hope this helps you out (you can use the thanks button ).
      won't this sound like a MFA type spammy site: miss-slow-drivers-story.com
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      • Profile picture of the author TCrosby
        The big concern here with massive keyword stuffing or making the domain look ****ty....

        Is I am trying to turn this into an authority blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author Top Dog Marketer
    I know how you feel man.

    It sucks when all the good domains are taken. All I can say is make sure to ALWAYS grab the .com!

    Good luck
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    • Profile picture of the author TCrosby
      Most of the two word domains have been taken in their hyphenated form also (eg xxx-training.com), and I am hesitant to go for non-.coms.

      xxxtrainingfitness.com is available, which xxx training and xxx fitness total about 11,000 exact searches.

      The other options is several niche specific two word domains which I have found. An example (in another niche though) would be basketballbench or homerunbaseball
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan Smith
    Google will see your hyphen as a space. I like hyphens for niche domains.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael71
    The main keyword(s) should be part of the domain name.

    For example:

    freecoolbeer.com ... main keywords could be free beer

    It depends on the xxx hehehe
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  • Profile picture of the author Exel
    Since your goal is to build an authority blog and domain name loses its impact in the long run,
    I'd suggest a domain leaned towards branding, like xxxfitnessworld.com or something like that.

    Definitely against hyphens, 'top', 'best' and such in domain, make you look unprofessional.
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