Opinion on best domain name prefix or suffix . . .

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Warriors,

If you had a domain name you like, but all regular URLs for it were reserved, what kind of short prefix or suffix would you use?

For example, take a name like bluedolphin.com. Prob not avail. What would you add to it, to find an URL you can reserve? Prefixes like my, the, a, your, etc. Suffixes like site, state abbrev (like FL or CA), type of biz like marketing or media, (thinking they are too long though), etc.

Can you add your ops, or give a ref link?

Thanks,

Charles is NeverTooLate
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  • Profile picture of the author LillySage
    Depends on the type of website...and where you think your traffic will primarily come from.

    If you think you're going to get most of your traffic from search engines or anywhere else where someone is going to merely click on a link, then it really doesn't matter what the URL is because people will very likely not even see the URL.

    If you're running tv or radio ads and you need a catchy URL that people will remember, that's a different thing altogether.


    So...it depends! :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author XanBarksdale
    I'm not sure that it works for all domains, but "i" and "e" are popular prefixes. Anything in the tech industry would probably be fine, but not sure that it's a one size fits all.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      Make an intelligent decision. Have a reason for whatever name you choose - don't do "random" as it will make your domain appear to be an afterthought.

      For example, if the main part of the domain is a product name or reference, I would see if short prefix words were available, like "get" "buy" "try" or "the." Similarly, suffix words that could fit a product are "pro" "max" "usa" "hq" "home" or "site."

      If the main domain words refer to a portal, collection, group, etc then prefix words like "best" "fine" "great" "all" or "pro" may be more appropriate. Similarly, some good suffix words that are short and powerful to hang on to the main name at the end would be words like "city" "express" "direct" "net" "home" "group" "gold" and "pro."

      Make the domain sound like you mean it - like it was your first and best choice all along. Since it costs the same to register a great name and a lousy name, you might as well chose something that you can be proud of.

      Good luck to you,
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  • Profile picture of the author Jubu
    I would usually use "your" or "my" as a prefix and "hq" as a suffix.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      It's a little less important now than it used to be, because Google has reduced the SEO significance of "EMD's" somewhat: poor quality, thin EMD sites no longer have the advantage they used to have "just for being EMD's", anyway.

      Anyway, if following this approach, I believe it's important to add a suffix, not a prefix, because you need the main keyword to be at the start of the domain-name. The people registering "bestkeyword.com" and "mykeyword.com" have all gone wrong: "keywordxyz.com" has always been better. I learned this one from Gene Pimentel (who's certainly the best source of knowledge/information on "domain-names" I've ever found, myself, though now I think about it, Suzanne's very good, too!), and it's proved valuable to me. It's one of those (many) subjects over which it pays to take care by whom you're advised.
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      • Profile picture of the author NeverTooLate
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        It's a little less important now than it used to be, because Google has reduced the SEO significance of "EMD's" somewhat: poor quality, thin EMD sites no longer have the advantage they used to have "just for being EMD's", anyway.

        Anyway, if following this approach, I believe it's important to add a suffix, not a prefix, because you need the main keyword to be at the start of the domain-name. The people registering "bestkeyword.com" and "mykeyword.com" have all gone wrong: "keywordxyz.com" has always been better. I learned this one from Gene Pimentel (who's certainly the best source of knowledge/information on "domain-names" I've ever found, myself, though now I think about it, Suzanne's very good, too!), and it's proved valuable to me. It's one of those (many) subjects over which it pays to take care by whom you're advised.
        Makes sense, suffix vs prefix. So they're called EMDs. Thank you Alexa (one of my fave female names).
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  • Profile picture of the author Sir Dude
    Here I've found a list that might be useful for your research: 200 Prefixes and Suffixes for Domain Names, but I think this is the wisest advice:
    Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

    Make an intelligent decision. Have a reason for whatever name you choose - don't do "random" as it will make your domain appear to be an afterthought.

    Make the domain sound like you mean it - like it was your first and best choice all along. Since it costs the same to register a great name and a lousy name, you might as well chose something that you can be proud of.
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  • Profile picture of the author JerrickYeoh
    i think prefix is better while it not yet spoilt your domain name keywords and suffix might spoil your keywords and bring another meaning of it.
    Don't try too hard on keywords while EDM actually killing those even domain name with exact match keyword but do not have fresh or quality content.
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  • Profile picture of the author cynthiaSEL
    Can you come up with another one that's more exactly fitting you?

    Taking off from your example, how about darkbluedolphin or lightbluedolphin or funnybluedolphin or even wetalkpurplebluedolphin?

    Why?

    (1) Because the Dot COM is still the one many people seem to feel more comfortable with.
    (2) Because you get to be seen as unique
    (3) Because you can get something funky going on that your best future buyers identify with, laugh along with, or something connected to being more likely to continue towards building a relationship with you
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