Dash or no dash in a domain name?  

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created by Domains 2009-07-18 09:21:08 am

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I also use dashes in my keywords and or commas or spaces to separate them

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submitted by nyfamily5 2009-08-01 09:08:26 am    


Let's stop guessing. Why not listen to what Google has to say!

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submitted by DanTheMan 2009-08-29 01:09:55 pm    

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submitted by DanTheMan 2009-08-29 01:10:34 pm    

I'd go without a dash. When typing the domain name, you can capitalize the individual words, such as Gene's example: KidsExchange.com which typed into the address bar works same as if it was all lower case (as long as the caps are before the .com)

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submitted by 5buckguy 2009-07-18 09:20:12 pm    

Rule of Thumb - If I'm going to speak the name most of the time - no dashes. If I am using it strictly online with hyperlinks, dashes are okay - especially if there could be confusion such as SecretsExposed - which has sex in the middle of it!

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submitted by JeanetteCates 2009-08-29 02:55:21 pm    

Use a dash in your domain if you need to separate keywords for better SEO. kidsexchange.com could be picked up as "kids exchange" or "kid sex change". Dashes will clarify your intention. A dash in a domain name is NOT good for radio or TV advertising.

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submitted by Domains 2009-07-18 09:36:16 am    


Google have officially confirmed that hyphens are recognised as a separator and underscores are not. If you are targeting a keyword within your URL you will need to ensure that the relevant keywords are separated by a hyphen/dash and not an underscore.

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submitted by GetOnFast 2009-08-01 03:45:31 am    

If you are planning a content based site and depend on organic search traffic only, it might help to have a dash. However,it may become difficult to use your domain name when you speak to people, use in podcasts, etc + It may have lower top of mind recall

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submitted by internetmarketing 2009-07-19 03:26:56 am    

Search for “Efficient Communication of Your Domain Name” at Ezinearticles.com to learn how to market your domain name without dashes.

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submitted by PhotoSoren 2009-07-19 03:57:05 am    

No dash - the Exact Match Domain (EMD) algorithm specifically penalized exact match domains that had dashes in them

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submitted by Teatree 2014-02-15 10:44:12 pm    

What do you know about that?


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