If COM, ORG and NET are taken

by R0meo
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Hello, warriors;

Just wanted to drop really quick question

If COM NET and ORG domains are taken, and really need one to get, so its better to:

(lets say niceboots.com is taken)

1.so its better to take nice-boots.com (put minus (-) sign between words) ...(which in my case is available)... or

2 write one additional word in the end of domain: nicebootsfree, nicebootssale.com and so on



so its just question: better to put (-) sign between domain words, or to write additional word

thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan2525
    Originally Posted by R0meo View Post

    Hello, warriors;

    Just wanted to drop really quick question

    If COM NET and ORG domains are taken, and really need one to get, so its better to:

    (lets say niceboots.com is taken)

    1.so its better to take nice-boots.com (put minus (-) sign between words) ...(which in my case is available)... or

    2 write one additional word in the end of domain: nicebootsfree, nicebootssale.com and so on



    so its just question: better to put (-) sign between domain words, or to write additional word

    thank you.
    You can use a - but I would go for a brandable domain.
    Something a bit more generic gives you more room
    to scale up if needed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    From an SEO standpoint, I'm not sure that it really matters. Both options you've mentioned are viable.

    My own preference is toward no dashes in the domain name as people don't seem to remember them too often if you're trying to get "type-in" traffic. No doubt others will chime in with a different preference.

    I would opt for a very short, easy to remember, "add on word" like "get", "my" or "try" at the front of your keyword phrase. Or add a short word at the end like "site," "pro," "center," "review," etc. Just make sure it makes sense for what the site is all about.

    By the way, I always go after dot com - I think that's important as long as you're looking for a suitable "2nd choice." Dot com is the extension for business and your site, all other things being equal, will be more valuable with dot com than any other extension.

    Good luck.

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    • Profile picture of the author Cru
      Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

      From an SEO standpoint, I'm not sure that it really matters. Both options you've mentioned are viable.

      My own preference is toward no dashes in the domain name as people don't seem to remember them too often if you're trying to get "type-in" traffic. No doubt others will chime in with a different preference.

      I would opt for a very short, easy to remember, "add on word" like "get", "my" or "try" at the front of your keyword phrase. Or add a short word at the end like "site," "pro," "center," "review," etc. Just make sure it makes sense for what the site is all about.

      By the way, I always go after dot com - I think that's important as long as you're looking for a suitable "2nd choice." Dot com is the extension for business and your site, all other things being equal, will be more valuable with dot com than any other extension.

      Good luck.

      Steve
      I think this all depends on the site. For a niche site in which you are relying on Google SERPs to drive traffic, I would rather go with an exact match domain that is a .info than I would adding another word or a dash. If you are trying to build up a brand, become an authority site, etc. where you think you'll have people entering the name of your domain to go there, I would agree that you should avoid dashes and maybe add a word and definitely go for a .com. With that being said, I would always add the word on the end and not the beginning. You want whatever your keyword is to be at the front of your domain name.
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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    I guess if all these are taken, it is time to look for a different name.

    From SEO point of view, it doesn't matter. search engines ignore it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cru
      Originally Posted by onegoodman View Post

      I guess if all these are taken, it is time to look for a different name.

      From SEO point of view, it doesn't matter. search engines ignore it.
      Are you saying that search engines ignore the dash? My understanding is that when you are trying to rank for a keyword with an Exact Match Domain they look at what percentage of your domain is made up of that keyword. By adding a dash you might go from 100% density to 90% density because of that one dash, therefore making your domain name not as optimized as an EMD.

      Correct me if I am wrong though.
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  • Profile picture of the author mskerry
    I would look for another domain name or like one of the guys said add an small abbreviation to the name.
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  • Profile picture of the author ydraw2011
    What I have done lately is bought .co domain names because there are a lot more good names available. So far the search engines seem to be picking it up
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  • Profile picture of the author Osman_M
    I am not sure if a the domain extension really effects rankings other then the case .gov and .edu's obviously. I have various websites that .info and etc which sometimes outrank .com's

    So in short, don't place to much stress into the extension.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Wilson
    Change your domain text into something that .com will be available. Why?

    SEO reasons and trust factor. .com domains have a certain trust factor that visitors see. Domain name is the first thing you see when clicking on it.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    If it's an exact match for my keywords, I'll take niceboots.info. Makes no difference in terms of SEO if you backlink the domain and do the onpage SEO.

    You can also go for nice-boots.com, net, org or info, or even use a stop word like theniceboots.com. Google ignores completely "the", so it's the same as having niceboots.com.
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  • Profile picture of the author R0meo
    Thank you all for answers;
    this is micro niche keyword, having 18K monthly exact searches, so think it gonna do quit well, as competition is quite small yet.
    thanks again for helping me out, decided to go with .com and with (-) between words
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