Are long domains name ok for SEO ?

by John34
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Hi warriors,thinking of putting up some review sites and then doing SEO for them,i have always read that its always good to include keyword in domain name,after some keyword research,i came up with domains like bestantiwrinklecreamsreview or bestdiabetestreatmentreview.com

As u can see these are long domains with 5 words,just wanted to know if google will penalize me or may not give me good rankings?

Does it really matter if i have shot or long domains?
#domain #domains #long #long domains #seo
  • Profile picture of the author RichardLegg
    I've found some of my best performing domains are ones which have my long tail keywords as the exact domain name - particularly if the competition is low.

    Quite often, with a low competition keyword, the exact keyword in your domain, and an optimized site/blog, you will only need a handful of relevant links to rank well.

    Richard
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    • Profile picture of the author John34
      Originally Posted by RichardLegg View Post

      I've found some of my best performing domains are ones which have my long tail keywords as the exact domain name - particularly if the competition is low.

      Quite often, with a low competition keyword, the exact keyword in your domain, and an optimized site/blog, you will only need a handful of relevant links to rank well.

      Richard
      How long ?
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    • Profile picture of the author Easy Cash
      Originally Posted by RichardLegg View Post

      I've found some of my best performing domains are ones which have my long tail keywords as the exact domain name - particularly if the competition is low.

      Quite often, with a low competition keyword, the exact keyword in your domain, and an optimized site/blog, you will only need a handful of relevant links to rank well.

      Richard
      Yes - Have to agree with this. This also applies to blogs with permalinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Rowe
    Google loves domains like those. Don't worry about length.

    Here's why...

    wrinkles.com/the-best-way-to-avoid-wrinkles-for-women-over-fifty.htm
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  • Profile picture of the author sammor
    IMO - never have a domain with dashes, numbers or longer than 2 consecutive words. People just cant remember them.
    And obviously only have a .com extension.
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Keyes
      Just thinking logically, if you were a search engine (or the people who design and run Google for example), what logic would there be to say Domain A is better than Domain B because it has a shorter domain name? (or vice versa).

      And along those lines - there are plenty of spammy junk sites out there with short domain names, just as there are plenty of quality sites with long domain names. Since the length of a domain name can't reveal the quality of the site itself, why would Google use it as any type of qualifier? But yes what they do like is keyword rich domains, which I believe is commonly known.
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  • Profile picture of the author Buknoy
    If your main priority is SEO then go for that long keyword but if your concern to your visitor to easily remember your site then think shorter.
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  • Profile picture of the author Franck Silvestre
    And don't forget if that later you decide to go for ppc, you'll have a problem with your long domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr_Julian_S
    Try to avoid very long name of your website. It is advisable to not keep your domain name more than 67 character long. Give your first preference as .com for your site domain since most people are familiar with ".com". No matter what you choose make sure it is short and easily recognizable. This is the name people will find you and you will be popular in the world of web. Preferably short, simple and catchy that easily memorable to visitors.

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  • Profile picture of the author maestro2010
    long domains are quite helpful to get you ranked for the keywords you are targeting through domain............no worries regarding google banning you
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  • Profile picture of the author yellar
    For pure online seo clicks long hyphenated domains are fine, but shorter unhyphenated ones are better for branding.
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  • Profile picture of the author kutchi
    I think its better for SEO but not for user, returning users can't remember it
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  • Profile picture of the author Woody C
    Do the search engines view hyphenated terms vs. non-hyphenated differently?

    For example: www.make-money-cash-fast.com vs www.makemoneycashfast.com

    If someone was searching "make cash fast" in Google, would one be better than the other? How are hypens factored in?

    I've also heard that dashes are easier to read for PPC but non-dashes are better for SEO purposes. Any ideas on this matter? Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author linkisking
    I think you should have both- short and long domain names.
    A short one so that your visitors will remember it (brand names are important too), the next time they visit your website and a long one for SEO purposes.
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  • Profile picture of the author seosharing
    Is there any problem in keeping the long domain names?
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