Which is the best domain???

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Hello, I also posted this briefly in another thread but I wanted to get more feedback from you all. I am trying to determine the best domain out of the following listed. (the other extensions are taken... .net, and so on) :confused:

hypothetical keyword "teddybears"

eteddybears.com

teddybears4u.com

teddybearss.com

What do you think?

Thank you for the additional feedback.

Kim
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  • Profile picture of the author imfusa
    I have heard that google likes short domains and to start with the main keyword, no letters before, so i lean towards teddybearss.com, despite the fact it has an extra s
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  • Profile picture of the author nicelife
    I think that teddybears4u.com is the best from these 3.
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    • Profile picture of the author amika1968
      I thought there was something about not having a number that was important??
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      • Profile picture of the author amika1968
        I am trying to get teddybears.com but it's not looking good. After Market can't get a response from the seller... It's a parked domain... probably one of thousands the seller owns. Sigh...
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  • Profile picture of the author SEOLIX
    My Vote - eteddybears.com

    Reason - almost EMD, doesn't have numbers, a .com
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by kimmurphy View Post

    eteddybears.com

    teddybears4u.com

    teddybearss.com

    What do you think?
    eteddybears.com is the one that's bad. It's really important to have the additional letters/word (if you have to have them at all) after the major keyword and not before it. For pretty understandable reasons, I think? Just as it pays so much, when writing an article, to have its major keyword at the start of the title, and not to make the blunder of writing one called "3 Things You Didn't Know About Keyword". People search for "teddybears", not for "eteddybears". For me, this issue's pretty much black and white.

    I would immediately and firmly rule out "eteddybears", for myself.

    Between the other two, I would also decide against "teddybears4u" because I know that some (albeit maybe not many, these days) potential customers are still alienated by "textspeak" in url's, and won't go to (or buy from) a site with "4u" in the domain-name. I certainly know people, myself, who would "look down their noses" a little at that domain-name. But I do think that's really a less important and more subjective point than the one above.

    Good luck with teddybearss.com (or something similar), Kim.
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    • Profile picture of the author kurtistb
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      eteddybears.com is the one that's bad. It's really important to have the additional letters/word (if you have to have them at all) after the major keyword and not before it. For pretty understandable reasons, I think? Just as it pays so much, when writing an article, to have its major keyword at the start of the title, and not to make the blunder of writing one called "3 Things You Didn't Know About Keyword". People search for "teddybears", not for "eteddybears". For me, this issue's pretty much black and white.

      I would immediately and firmly rule out "eteddybears", for myself.

      Between the other two, I would also decide against "teddybears4u" because I know that some (albeit maybe not many, these days) potential customers are still alienated by "textspeak" in url's, and won't go to (or buy from) a site with "4u" in the domain-name. I certainly know people, myself, who would "look down their noses" a little at that domain-name. But I do think that's really a less important and more subjective point than the one above.

      Good luck with teddybearss.com (or something similar), Kim.
      So would something like (for example) bestteddybears.com or buyteddybears.com be bad? And teddybearreviews.com would be better?
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by kurtistb View Post

        So would something like (for example) bestteddybears.com or buyteddybears.com be bad?
        Yes.

        Originally Posted by kurtistb View Post

        And teddybearreviews.com would be better?
        Yes, definitely - for ranking for the keyword "teddybears".

        I take absolutely no credit at all for happening to know this one: I'd seen it explained in some standard SEO textbooks and didn't know whether or not to believe it, and how much it mattered, but since then I've also had it independently confirmed by this forum's resident domain-name authority, Gene Pimentel. (You're just not going to find a more informed source of information on this subject than Gene - his opinion means more to me than the books I'd read).

        Even so, skepchick that I am, I've still tested it myself, too, and of course it was true.

        Unlike some "internet marketing decisions" one has to make, which can be a little counterintuitive, this one does actually make complete sense, anyway.

        For SEO purposes, "eteddybears", in the original question asked here, is just the wrong answer.
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  • Profile picture of the author amika1968
    Thank you everyone for all of the feedback! I really appreciate it!
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  • Profile picture of the author seomagic
    I would prefer to go with teddybears4u.com its the best one from the list you provides so go for it
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  • Profile picture of the author americaupdates
    i would prefer: teddybears4u.com
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  • Profile picture of the author pacelattin
    The number thing is fictional, unless its between the keywords. There is no seo implication for having numbers at the end of something.
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  • Profile picture of the author LukePeerFly
    I would go with eteddybears.com. Good domain
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    What about teddy-bears.com?

    Hyphens always perform well.
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    • Profile picture of the author amika1968
      Nope, .com .net and .org of teddy-bears.com are taken. Funny, none of these domains are on page one for their keyword. lol
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      • Profile picture of the author Venturetothetop
        I have to agree with Alexa's comment on having extra letters after the keyword, but have to disagree with the '4u' comments.

        If the people you are trying to attract are in the 'texters' age range, then it is not an issue at all. (Disclaimers: she states this point is subjective, but I still did not totally agree with her reasoning!)

        But, perhaps I offer another suggestion. Why do people not add a cool work on the end, not just focus on the 2 main keywords? I would think of it as a business name and call it something like:

        Teddybearkingdom
        Teddybearsglalore
        Teddybearhideout

        Something a little more memorable, and more like a business name then a domain that is obviously just trying to target a keyword. You are still targeting the keyword but also give a better impression of an actual business.
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    • Profile picture of the author amika1968
      I have all three registered. I am very tempted to do an experiment and develop all three the same and see what one ranks the highest!
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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by kimmurphy View Post

        Nope, .com .net and .org of teddy-bears.com are taken. Funny, none of these domains are on page one for their keyword. lol
        That doesnt mean anything. You can have the best domain name in the world, but if its not optimized it means little.

        Try googling "sex" and see where sex.com is. It's no-where.

        Originally Posted by kimmurphy View Post

        I have all three registered. I am very tempted to do an experiment and develop all three the same and see what one ranks the highest!
        I would advise against doing that. Unless of course all three are unique, which defeats the purpose.

        BTW - Ive had great results using a letter at the beginning of a keyword rich domain. Check out my old garage sale website that I sold 2 years ago.

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    • Profile picture of the author amika1968
      If adding on to the end of a domain, is it best to keep it as short as possible?

      for example:

      wouldn't teddybears4u.com be better than teddybearsforyou.com ?
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  • Profile picture of the author jeff09
    Always use primary keyword first then add extra text or numbers after that
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    It's better to have any additional irrelevant words after the keyword, so teddybearss.com would be the best. Good luck trying to get teddybears.com. That will be a very expensive domain name.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Wilson
    eteddybears.com - I'd go with this.

    Or teddybearsblog.com, there a numerous websites with blog keyword in them which rank pretty well.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Instead of guessing what might be the best choice, heres a tip.

    Choose your domain name directly from your keyword research. Export your keywords directly from the GKT, then dump them into Godaddy's bulk domain search.

    Find an available domain that has the highest search volume. Register it, then sit back and enjoy a nice cuppa.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      Instead of guessing what might be the best choice, heres a tip.

      Choose your domain name directly from your keyword research. Export your keywords directly from the GKT, then dump them into Godaddy's bulk domain search.

      Find an available domain that has the highest search volume. Register it, then sit back and enjoy a nice cuppa.
      This is what I do. I choose a domain that is an exact match for a keyword that I've researched.
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  • Profile picture of the author murrad
    teddybears4u.com is the best, as it contains the keyword in the domain as "sbucciarel" suggested here...
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  • Profile picture of the author advancedyn
    eTeddyBears.com would work great if you were going to do a big TV commercial roll-out or something. eHarmony worked great because they weren't dependent upon the whole Google/SEO thing. They were needing something short and easy that people could remember from other forms of marketing. Kind of an apples & oranges type of thing in my opinion. What about something like TeddyBearsGalore.com or TeddyBearHeaven.com or ..........

    Oh, and a thesaurus may be a useful tool for that third word as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Thorsett
    I'm going to be end up being the resident contrarian, here but...

    It matters MUCH more what you do with the website that is hosted at the domain, than what the domain name itself is.

    I'm not saying that you should totally and completely forget about trying to come up with a good and memorable name, but spending a lot of time on the precise placement of keywords within the domain name and whether there are numbers or what everybody else is doing is counter-productive, IMO.

    While the domain name can be important, the content within the website is much more so.
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