Hyphenated Domain vs. Paying for non-hyphenated

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Hey all,
I'm looking at domain names. My preferred two-word domain is owned and commanding a premium price (5 figures). A variation with a hyphen between the two words is available at normal cost.

My question: Is a hyphenated domain a bad idea? Is it worth it to pay for the non-hyphenated version?

Thanks so much! This is my first post -- many more to come.
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  • Profile picture of the author Grey Affiliate
    Originally Posted by rorymoulton View Post

    Hey all,
    I'm looking at domain names. My preferred two-word domain is owned and commanding a premium price (5 figures). A variation with a hyphen between the two words is available at normal cost.

    My question: Is a hyphenated domain a bad idea? Is it worth it to pay for the non-hyphenated version?

    Thanks so much! This is my first post -- many more to come.
    TBH I think that it won't matter as much as some people think. Just look at:
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    It's going to be about content more than hyphens I think.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
    I have used hyphenated domain names over the years with no problems. Depending on how competitive the niche is as long as you pay attention to important things like content and backlinks you can over come a hyphen in your domain name.
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  • Profile picture of the author tyronne78
    From my experience there is a BIG difference between the two (hyphenated and non-hyphenated). How about a .net?
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    • Profile picture of the author rorymoulton
      Originally Posted by tyronne78 View Post

      From my experience there is a BIG difference between the two (hyphenated and non-hyphenated). How about a .net?
      Thanks for the advice everyone.

      Good question about the .net -- it is owned but for sale at a much cheaper price than the .com version but still thousands more than the hyphenated version. So, in your experience, would you do the .net before the hyphenated domain?
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