is a domain better with or without - ?

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would for example www.i-love-cheese.com be a better domain name than DairyGood.org | Home
How much of an impact does this have on seo?
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    IMO, it's better to not have hyphens in the domain.

    Also, stick with dot com, it's the preferred extension. Yes, you may have to get a little creative to find a good dot com name . . . but there are many, many options still available in all niches.

    Try using Lean Domain Search and Impossibility to get some ideas.

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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I have domains with multiple hyphens - and domains without hyphens - and doesn't seem to make any difference in how well the sites do.

      I know others say it matters - but never has for me.

      No problem with hyphens - but i don't register anything except .com
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        I have domains with multiple hyphens - and domains without hyphens - and doesn't seem to make any difference in how well the sites do.

        Kay,

        I think you are right - it doesn't seem to make much difference in how the sites rank.

        I was thinking in terms of people that are trying to find a site by typing the name directly into the search bar. IMO, they are more likely to not use hyphens. In addition, it's much easier to tell someone how to find your site by not having to explain that there are one or more hyphens in the name. Will people remember that? Probably not.

        I have owned domains with and without hyphens. In my experience, I would rather not have them - given the choice.

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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    I try to avoid them unless absolutely necessary.
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  • Profile picture of the author andorod77
    Id say not using hyphens gives it a cleaner and more original look
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  • Profile picture of the author nicolasmd2112
    Without hyphens for sure.

    It'll take some time to find an unhyphenated .COM domain name that has the keywords your looking for. That's going to be a challenge itself, i believe. But, the professionalism is there. From a consumer perspective, a domain name with hyphens, like body-building-supplies.com, implies that the owners were not able to secure the unhyphenated name; BodyBuildingSupplies.com. So what would I do? Go to the domain name equivalent with no hyphens, and see what the buzz is about.

    Plainly put, no hyphens = a bit more professionalism
    hyphens = quick fix

    ,but in my opinion, even if it takes a week to find the right domain name, it's worth the work.

    Nicolas
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  • Profile picture of the author ppceve
    I avoid hyphens. My main reason is that it's not user-friendly for typing in.
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  • Profile picture of the author awledd
    I agree with many here. The separator hyphen is not needed for Google to understand what the page is about.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andre Slater
      Google is placing value on Content not just a domain name...

      I would say its better to have a domain name that people can remember or easy to jot down for people to check out your site.

      Let's say I had a Gardening site for example and you asked about my site.

      I said to visit:

      gardening-at-home-3-ways-from-sunday.com
      or
      gardeningsenviromentalespionage.com

      those are super terrible...

      and If I say you can also email me at:

      gardening_love_pinapples.allday@gmail.com

      VS

      GardeningSecrets.com
      support@gardeningsecrets.com

      which scenario better
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  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    Yes, don't use the hyphens in a domain name because most folks are lazy to type the hyphens.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Short and punchy domain names are Good because any body can easily remember it.
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  • Profile picture of the author megamind22
    I would say a domain without hypen is much better cause it looks more cleaner and easy to memorize for visitor that many stumble on your website.

    Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author jazzybee
    Domain with - look pretty ugly , but it depends totally on what your niche is , like this website
    Android Developers Blog
    is one famous website with hyphens in it.

    But i suggest you to keep your name simple
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