How many words in a domain name?

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How many words in a domain name is too many? I'm guessing 2 to 3 would be idea, but is 6 and 7 too many? Are you better off excluding the domain name and just doing everything else SEO?
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  • Profile picture of the author nuaru
    You may use up to 62 letters, numbers, or the "-" character. I mean 63 letters are too many
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    • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
      I have an exact keyword domain that is 5 words, and hyphenated. I personally wouldn't go any higher than that
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      • Profile picture of the author markmax
        I have no exact idea but I think it may be not more than 4 words.
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      • Profile picture of the author robfrancis
        Originally Posted by Liam Hamer View Post

        I have an exact keyword domain that is 5 words, and hyphenated. I personally wouldn't go any higher than that
        I agree with you Liam. According to Matt Cutts (from Google) when commenting on a url with 4 words separated by hyphens, he had the following to say:

        ...those hyphens wouldn't automatically cause a problem for this url. It doesn't look great, but it wouldn't automatically hurt you in Google.

        HTH,
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  • Profile picture of the author DR's Fynest
    Well it depends on the length of each word. lol

    www.howtogetmoneyfast.com (dunno if this is an actual site!)

    The above has 5 words but each one is short which keeps the overall domain name length at only 17 characters.

    IMO something like "www.thebestdarninternetmarketingstrategyever. com" is just overdoing it lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author healthtourism
    There isn't any rule by seo point of view, i have seen domains upto 5 words.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mjoseph83
    "healthtourism" is right. There is no hard and fast rule for domain name length. Even i prefer to maximum 3-4 word and short word not long. According to me domain name should be easy readable and easy to remember.
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  • Profile picture of the author affilorama-portal
    You may want to take these things into consideration:

    1. Shorter domain names are much easier to remember (like Mjoseph83 said above) and thus will stick to users' minds more readily, and are easier to type in without mistakes (many bank on misspelled domains).
    2. If you mean to use Google adwords at some time, they have a 35-character limit on display URLs for ads.
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon Ashari
    Depends what you are using the domain for.

    If you are using the domain for a site you want to brand (or in any way want people to remember and trust the site) then you should stick to 2 or 3 word domains and use a .com extension.

    If you are doing it for seo then any amount of words is ok as long as it is exact match.

    So if you wanted to rank for the term 'this is an exact match domain' then you could register thisisanexactmatchdomain.com or .net or .org (those 3 extensions are good for seo).

    Without you giving us further information, we can't really give you anything further.

    -Simon
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  • Profile picture of the author Greenfatman
    I have six sites and the only one with 4 words it's hurting big time I can't get it even on page 14 always appears between page 15 and 35...all the other sites are on page 1 or 2 (with 3 or 2 keywords) I don't know if it makes the difference....But I saw a post from X Factor(john) he never go over 3 keyword on the domain...I'm starting to agree with him.
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  • Profile picture of the author seoservices1
    Hello Dear

    I prefer to maximum 3-4 word and short word not long words. and i give advices you need perches your domain name your business services.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bribebox
    I have 7 words exact domain and there is no problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bryan V
    I have seen someone rank a ridiculously long domain name for many of the keywords it tried to hit.

    I don't know what it was exactly, but it was something like glasswoodmetalplasticstonefiberglasstable.com ranking for glass table, wood table, metal table or something to that effect.

    However, I don't know WHY you would want to do that.
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  • Profile picture of the author theseowork
    You add on domain name keywords no limit of word.....
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  • Profile picture of the author mygold
    4-5 are the best for domain name.But choice is yours. It is totally depends on the types of your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lucid
    If you're thinking SEO, the domain name has little weight, no matter how many words it has.

    As pointed out by Nuaru, the Internet limit is 62 characters, although I don't remember that exact number (thought it was bit higher) but we'll go with that.

    Also pointed out is a 35 character limit in Adwords and most other PPC services I know so that will affect selection of your domain name. I certainly wouldn't go any higher just for that reason. That includes the TLD portion (.com, .net...)

    Shorter domains are easier to remember. I certainly would restrict the use of dashes if possible which are not easy to remember or verbally telling someone. I would also try for no more than 3 words in most cases and no more than 20 characters if possible.
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