Potential Issues With Using the Word 'Directory' in Domain Name?

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Greetings,

I have been warned never to use the word 'directory' in choosing a domain name. Supposedly, it has something to do with Google slamming directory sites.

I have the word in one of my domain names and have never had an issue that I'm aware of, but don't want to start a new directory with the word in the name if this really is, 'a thing.'

I'm thinking this is a lot of hooie, but one never knows.

Any authoritative input that I might be able to rely on???
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  • Profile picture of the author toydistrict
    Through your own experience, you never had an issue with one of your domain names that contained directory - that's proof enough.

    Maybe these other directories were just spam infested
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by toydistrict View Post

      Through your own experience, you never had an issue with one of your domain names that contained directory - that's proof enough.
      Not, really! Just because I'm not aware of a problem doesn't mean I'm not experiencing one. SEO is not my forté by any stretch of the imagination. That's why I asked.

      Maybe these other directories were just spam infested
      This is the supposed reason why you shouldn't use the word. Have not been able to get any info on this.

      Thank you, though.
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    Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

    Greetings,

    I have been warned never to use the word 'directory' in choosing a domain name. Supposedly, it has something to do with Google slamming directory sites.

    I have the word in one of my domain names and have never had an issue that I'm aware of, but don't want to start a new directory with the word in the name if this really is, 'a thing.'

    I'm thinking this is a lot of hooie, but one never knows.

    Any authoritative input that I might be able to rely on???

    Whoever told you that has no idea what they are talking about.
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      Whoever told you that has no idea what they are talking about.
      Are you sure. I heard it on the Internet. More importantly, I think it was on someone's blog. :-)

      Thanks, Mike.
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

        Are you sure. I heard it on the Internet. More importantly, I think it was on someone's blog. :-)

        Thanks, Mike.

        But was it someone's blog who spends their time commenting on other blogs making friends? Or are they too afraid to do that?

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        • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
          Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

          But was it someone's blog who spends their time commenting on other blogs making friends? Or are they too afraid to do that?

          I think I'd be terrified to read that blog, even more so than most blogs - and I don't scare easily.
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          • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
            Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

            I think I'd be terrified to read that blog, even more so than most blogs - and I don't scare easily.
            Let go of your fear. Let it blow off into the wind where it can no longer harm you. Bunnies and trees and some other stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    The internet (and even this forum) is full of all kinds of bogus advice. Words in a domain name have no direct effect on how well something will rank.
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      Originally Posted by dave_hermansen View Post

      The internet (and even this forum) is full of all kinds of bogus advice.
      I believe almost nothing of what I read on the Internet and discount almost all of the 'information' I read on this forum. That said, Mike is a trusted source, one of about 5 remaining on this forum. Not only can you trust what he says, you can also trust that if he doesn't know the answer to something, he wont chime-in.

      Words in a domain name have no direct effect on how well something will rank.
      Thank you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Highest And Best
    Why not just choose a different domain name?

    If you are going to put the effort into another website, why take the chance that your domain name choice can come back to haunt you in the future?

    Seems easy to solve this problem before you get started.
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by Highest And Best View Post

      Why not just choose a different domain name?
      Because I choose the one I want to use that I feel is best for my project.

      If you are going to put the effort into another website, why take the chance that your domain name choice can come back to haunt you in the future?
      I'm not taking a chance. I'm moving ahead, as planned, after having my concern negated.

      Seems easy to solve this problem before you get started.
      I'd rather move through life, tackling my projects without making concessions, based on faulty information. Now that I have information from someone I know and trust, there's no reason to give it another thought. I don't angst over things. The question was asked and answered. It's now ancient history.

      Onward and upward! :-)
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    Hey OptedIn,

    Your thread - Potential Issues With Using the Word 'Directory' in Domain Name? - has been chosen as one of the best discussions on the Warrior Forum today and has been placed on the front page.


    On behalf of myself and my adoring fans (both of them) - I am humbled by your recognition. :-)

    Cheers.
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    Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

    Greetings,

    I have been warned never to use the word 'directory' in choosing a domain name. Supposedly, it has something to do with Google slamming directory sites.

    I have the word in one of my domain names and have never had an issue that I'm aware of, but don't want to start a new directory with the word in the name if this really is, 'a thing.'

    I'm thinking this is a lot of hooie, but one never knows.

    Any authoritative input that I might be able to rely on???

    Most certainly you can choose or have whatever name you like.
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