Question on Domain name seo

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Hey Team,

Just a quickie about domain names, If i do some keyword research and find something of interest ie something i feel i can rank for and get into the top 5 for that keyword, BUT then when i go and check out the exact keyword as a domain and it has already been taken, where do we stand in terms of google or general seo if we just have it but with hyphons.

The thing is if for example i wanted mylittledoodah.com BUT it was gone so i registered my-little-doo-dah.com instead, how does google judge that domain when someone searches for....... my little doo dah ?

Is it just the same in terms of the keyword being in the domain etc or do the hyphons have an affect on how it is ranked?


Many Thanks


Chunkynuts
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  • Profile picture of the author AFI
    I think one hyphen = meh okay
    More than one hyphen = NOOOOO

    Just my opinion
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    • Profile picture of the author bonusdays
      Originally Posted by AFI View Post

      I think one hyphen = meh okay
      More than one hyphen = NOOOOO

      Just my opinion
      Agree 100% with this.

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  • Profile picture of the author Chrissy Allen
    What about .coms or infos and .biz etc is it just as erm seo juicy if you have the keywords you want BUT instead of a dot com have a dot biz, would this approach be better than the hyphon approach?

    Thanks

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  • Profile picture of the author Angledust
    Why don't you use a single little at the beginning or end?

    Google will ignore it and you visitor shouldn't mind if you can find something that fits.
    Alternatives are "now" or "me".
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  • Profile picture of the author eiilers
    Based on my tests, hyphens don't make a difference. I have one 4 word keyword, with 4 hyphens that gets 6k unique visitors a month and is ranked really well for a huge keyword..
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  • Profile picture of the author shulink
    Just get another domain name that's easy to remember. Domain names plays a role in SEO, but not a huge role. None of my sites has any keywords in domain but still getting good traffic from Google.
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    • Profile picture of the author joelraitt
      Originally Posted by shulink View Post

      Just get another domain name that's easy to remember. Domain names plays a role in SEO, but not a huge role. None of my sites has any keywords in domain but still getting good traffic from Google.
      Disagree. Exact match domain names play a huge roll. Some of my sites rank top 10 with almost no content, no links with exact match. And yah, still get decent traffic.

      From what I hear, if anything ad a word to the end of your domain, so your main KW has nothing in front of it.

      Also I would still to .com and .org's only. IMO.
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      • Profile picture of the author shulink
        Originally Posted by joelraitt View Post

        Disagree. Exact match domain names play a huge roll. Some of my sites rank top 10 with almost no content, no links with exact match. And yah, still get decent traffic.

        From what I hear, if anything ad a word to the end of your domain, so your main KW has nothing in front of it.

        Also I would still to .com and .org's only. IMO.
        If you can find one that matches your keyword, of course that will be great. However, it is very hard to find a domain that matches your keyword exactly. Long tail keyword is ok but I don't think it is worth since it will be harder for people to remember. In that case, I would rather choose a different domain name than use a .info domain because people are so accustom to remember .com domains.
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  • Profile picture of the author staffjam
    Joel - i agree - i too rank fairly well for some competitive terms and really the only thing in the sites favour is the domain name. If you can get an exact match - great, but if not it certainly isn't the end of the world. e.g. Logos.com would be great - b ut insanely expensive - something like LogoShark.com - would be much cheaper - but almost just as brandable.
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  • Profile picture of the author thalexp
    Hyphen in domain is also considered good as it is used as a spaces so it is good from SEO point of view, but it doesn't look like, thats it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chrissy Allen
    ok what if i just add reviews to the end of a 3 worded keyword, does this dilute the seo juice or would that be ok?

    I dunno whether to add a word or just go for a dot biz or a dot ws or something?

    Thanks

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  • Profile picture of the author 32paul52
    From My esperience the difference is speed and ease- .org and .net will rank faster than keywordother.com but if reviews fits on the end, add it in. I have seen .info rank, but again its all different. There is no plain perfect answer, buy the domain and get busy! who cares what it "looks like" - espcially its a 100% online, people click and look at the site content not the URL - my 2 cents......
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  • Profile picture of the author 2ndopkate
    I've had success with both hyphenated domain names and unhyphenated. Also with domain names that have an 'e' or 'my' or 'top at the beginning of the name. As long as you have the keywords then grab it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chrissy Allen
    Guys Thanks for the comments,

    There are a few contrasting views BUT its all good.

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