Domain name exact keyword match

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Ok with exact keyword match on a domain name is it ok to put - inbetween your keywords.

So if mykeyword.com is not available will my-keyword.com rank as well?

Matt Curtis said in a webmaster video that - represents a space, so if a user on google searches for "my keyword" surely the second domain is if anything more relevant?

Feedback greatly appreciated
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  • Profile picture of the author radivoj
    regarding new Google Algorithm changes having - it may somehow more consider as the spam I wouldn't suggest using - between keyword don't give me wrong I see many site in various niches that contain - in their domain and they ranked #1 but those sites are over a year old and more and have PR 1 at least, also I want to point out if you are planing to rank for some niche keyword my advice to you don't ever buy new domain even if exact match is available the problem with brand new domain is that it will take very long to get #1 ranked and compare all those changes that Google did for the past 2 month, your site if is brand new will get slapped pretty fast and get penalized if you do build link fast on brand new domain you are at significantly greater risk of getting penalized in the search engines, my best recommendation is to buy expiring or expired domain that has keyword in it and is 2 + old and you will have much better chance to rank faster reducing risk to get slapped instead buying brand new domain ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Bond Girl
    Codecreative,
    I have a domain with a - in it and it has been ranked number one for several months now...
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    • Profile picture of the author codecreative
      Originally Posted by radivoj View Post

      regarding new Google Algorithm changes having - it may somehow more consider as the spam I wouldn't suggest using - between keyword don't give me wrong I see many site in various niches that contain - in their domain and they ranked #1 but those sites are over a year old and more and have PR 1 at least, also I want to point out if you are planing to rank for some niche keyword my advice to you don't ever buy new domain even if exact match is available the problem with brand new domain is that it will take very long to get #1 ranked and compare all those changes that Google did for the past 2 month, your site if is brand new will get slapped pretty fast and get penalized if you do build link fast on brand new domain you are at significantly greater risk of getting penalized in the search engines, my best recommendation is to buy expiring or expired domain that has keyword in it and is 2 + old and you will have much better chance to rank faster reducing risk to get slapped instead buying brand new domain ...
      Hi can I ask you where this information has been published by google? It makes sense for them I have seen a video by matt curtis explaining they are turning down the weight of this factor but he has not mentioned anything about penalising the use of the - in domain names.

      Originally Posted by Bond Girl View Post

      Codecreative,
      I have a domain with a - in it and it has been ranked number one for several months now...
      Fantastic, how many - do you have in the domain? And how old is it?
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  • Profile picture of the author socialbookmark
    I don't see any problem in using - between the keywords of your domain if you can't use the keywords without any symbol between them, using - is a good choice in my opinion.
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  • Profile picture of the author NicheSiteLab
    It really depends on the type of site you're building. If you're looking for 'type in' traffic, then don't use a '-'. If you're just looking to rank it in Search Engines, it shouldn't make much of a difference.
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    • Profile picture of the author jordan08
      Hi,

      My preference is to use "stop words" in the URL if the exact match is not available.

      "Stop words" are words that are ignored by Search Engines. I haven't seen much discussion about if this is still the case, what with the Panda update and all.

      You can find an awesome list of "stop words" here!

      Good Luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author codecreative
      Originally Posted by NicheSiteLab View Post

      It really depends on the type of site you're building. If you're looking for 'type in' traffic, then don't use a '-'. If you're just looking to rank it in Search Engines, it shouldn't make much of a difference.
      Can you elaborate a little bit on what you mean by type in traffic? I'm not too sure on what you mean maybe an example would help? If you have the time much appreciated
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  • Profile picture of the author mosthost
    The - works just fine. It represents a space, as Cutts said.
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  • Profile picture of the author NicheSiteLab
    What I mean is - if you're going to be telling people to visit your site 'verbally' - don't use the hyphen, as you'll find a lot of people don't know what the hyphen is. This also goes if you want a site that people visit by 'typing in' your url. The hyphens often go forgotten - meaning you lose traffic.

    If you're building Niche Sites and relying purely on organic traffic (search engines), don't worry about the hyphen - it'll be fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author JerrickYeoh
    You still can rank it but i not encourage to do that while using - in the domain name will lower down the weight of the keywords.
    It even cause your site hard to remember. Is better to ignore the "-" in domain name.
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  • Profile picture of the author yoedi
    If you do SEO correctly, it is so possible to get good SERP.
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