What would you advise a new dentist if their practice name domain is taken?

by ronr
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I'm helping a new dentist and the the name of their practice is pretty common so their domain is taken (including extensions).


I was going to suggest practicenamecity.com


Anyone have a better idea?


Thanks Ron
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  • Profile picture of the author vndnbrgj
    I had the same experience with my brick and motor business.
    I bought CallBizname.com
    Or CallDentalPracticeName.com

    I liked that better. It also helped iterate the purpose of the site.... drive phone calls.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmericanMuscleTA
    I'd get a couple different ones like you said.... dentistcity.com, dentistcitystate.com, citydentist.com, citystatedentist.com.

    Find out what local people are searching for when searchung for dentists and get those domain names if they're available.
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  • You could easily change up the name. As long as the name could be switched or you could just remove a specific word, it's not difficult to come up with something interesting to use as their domain name
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  • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
    Originally Posted by ronr View Post

    I'm helping a new dentist and the the name of their practice is pretty common so their domain is taken (including extensions).


    I was going to suggest practicenamecity.com


    Anyone have a better idea?


    Thanks Ron

    Is the practice name made up of common search words? If not, I'd see if Dentistcity.com is available. Dentistcitystate.com, and citydentist.com are also good. The domain name doesn't need to be the name of their business.

    Props to AmericanMuscleTA for saying it first.
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    • Profile picture of the author savidge4
      There would be a couple of considerations to be made here. Personally me as designer and SEO guy.. would stay away from the matchy matchy dentist anything EMD. Is the practice name and with the added "DDS" or whatever other acronym the dentist may have available?

      Google looks as "DDS" in almost the same way it does "Dental" and "Dentist" there is a slight variance in local pack listings but to have DDS in the URL and then "Dentist" in the business name section would more than likely put you ahead of your competition by a long shot.

      First name last name DDS would be the direction I would shoot for. or go way off into left field and look for "nothingbutteeth.com" - yeah the word butt in there... but you get the idea.

      have you looked at the " .dentist " extension? kinda goes against my principles of EMD but in this case that may very well be an option.
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      • Profile picture of the author ronr
        Thanks everyone. I should have mentioned that Dentistcity.com, Dentistcitystate.com, and citydentist.com were my first choice but they are taken.

        So I was looking for next best.

        The dentists name wouldn't work in this case. He's name is very long, hard to say and harder to spell.

        PracticenameDDS.com is interesting I hadn't thought of that and the practice name includes the word dental so that could help ranking.

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        • Profile picture of the author savidge4
          I probably would not include "dental" and "DDS" in the URL, that would be just short of asking for trouble I think


          Originally Posted by ronr View Post

          Thanks everyone. I should have mentioned that Dentistcity.com, Dentistcitystate.com, and citydentist.com were my first choice but they are taken.

          So I was looking for next best.

          The dentists name wouldn't work in this case. He's name is very long, hard to say and harder to spell.

          PracticenameDDS.com is interesting I hadn't thought of that and the practice name includes the word dental so that could help ranking.

          Ron
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          • Profile picture of the author ronr
            Hmm maybe my original idea of practicenamecity.com might be the best since the practice name includes the word dental and the city. I think the dentist would like the name of the practice to be part of the domain if possible.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Stewart
      Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

      Is the practice name made up of common search words? If not, I'd see if Dentistcity.com is available. Dentistcitystate.com, and citydentist.com are also good. The domain name doesn't need to be the name of their business.

      Props to AmericanMuscleTA for saying it first.

      I agree with this. You can always add a DDS, Best, Top, east, west, north, south, central or even something like "TheJoeSmithDentistry.com", etc.

      Personally, I think using an EMD is just fine and always will be because EMD's are relevent to a search. They may not always be ranked high just because they're an EMD, which used to be a given, but with a few pages of quality content, decent on and off page SEO and a little elbow grease, they should do just fine.

      I just started doing this (again) recently and it's working out well so far.

      Something else, what does Google Instant tell you as you're typing a local term for your client? What phrases begin to appear after the first few letters? There may be a hidden gem that's already being searched for often that you can grab.
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      • Profile picture of the author savidge4
        Originally Posted by Joe Stewart View Post

        I agree with Claude and AmericanMuscleTA. You can always add a DDS, Best, Top, east, west, north, south, central or something like "TheJoeSmithDentistry.com", etc.

        Personally, I think using an EMD is just fine and always will be because EMD's are relevent to a search. They may not always be ranked high just because they're an EMD, which used to be a given, but with a few pages of quality content, decent on and off page SEO and a little elbow grease, they should do just fine.

        I just started doing this (again) recently and it's working out well so far.
        There is nothing wrong with an EMD for the most part. In todays Google environment there is no difference ( in SERP listings ) between keywordmatch.com and notmatch.com/keywordmatch.

        where I see people getting into trouble with EDM is when they start adding content pages and start stuffing the URL and not really thinking about it IE keywordmatch.com/keywordmatch. I personally use content pages as the SEO draw vs wanting the homepage to hit. Overall better control of how and where traffic hits your site.
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        • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
          Originally Posted by savidge4 View Post

          There is nothing wrong with an EMD for the most part. In todays Google environment there is no difference ( in SERP listings ) between keywordmatch.com and notmatch.com/keywordmatch.

          where I see people getting into trouble with EDM is when they start adding content pages and start stuffing the URL and not really thinking about it IE keywordmatch.com/keywordmatch. I personally use content pages as the SEO draw vs wanting the homepage to hit. Overall better control of how and where traffic hits your site.
          Yup.

          Several years ago, when the EMD update took effect, I had about 100 (wild guess) websites suddenly disappear. But there was a lot wrong with them.

          My later websites are all EMD URLs...

          But they all have;
          A Terms of service page.
          An About Us page.
          A Contact Us page.
          A Privacy Policy page.

          And plenty of content on each page. If done correctly, and EMD can give a little boost in the rankings, just because the domain name matches the search phrase. (or parts do).

          But a website that is spammy, or stuffing keywords on pages (something I was doing) will get demoted to Permanent Google Purgatory.

          Yeah. I also link to specific pages, not just the home page. It really does help.
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    Do they have a slogan or motto that could work? such as cleanestTeethInCity.com or NoMoreCavities, DrDavesTeethEmporium.com etc.
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