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Old 09-29-2007, 02:44 PM   #1
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Default Domain name with or with out a dash?

What is your thoughts on a domain name with a dash..

somegreatsite or
some-great-site

Anyone know if it is good or bad to have it with a dash?

Thanks
Kevin

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Old 09-29-2007, 02:53 PM   #2
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That's what I'm planning to do, adding a dash really opens up new possibilities.
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Old 09-29-2007, 04:13 PM   #3
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Just a few days ago I was searching for two words and the hyphenated domain name pertaining to the two words was on top of the results The site wasn't being used, so I don't know if it ever had content relating to my search anyway
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Old 09-29-2007, 10:49 PM   #4
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ok thanks for your help. I think im going to go with the dash.
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Old 09-30-2007, 01:53 PM   #5
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domain name with dashes are good for social bookmarking because it would be tedious to type all the time, but if you want to market a website in general, dont go for the dash, all top websites dont have dashes
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Old 09-30-2007, 06:43 PM   #6
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I personally prefer no dash, but makes no difference to a new site.
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Old 10-01-2007, 04:07 PM   #7
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IMO for branding and quality of your domain name, definately no dash. If you simply doing it for SEO or plan to drive traffic to the domain through other methods a dash can be fine.

I'd keep in mind that any site with more than one dash is going to get extremely difficult for anyone to remember off the top of the head, so If that's one of the goals I'd stick to none or just one dash. If you're relying on paid traffic, search traffic, and possibly some bookmarks then you can probably get away with a few dashes.
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Old 10-08-2007, 07:42 PM   #8
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Dash will help search engines recognize the keywords, on the other hand only 1% of users will remember there was a dash in a domain name (and go to your competitor's site probably next time)
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Old 10-09-2007, 01:55 AM   #9
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http://www.key1-key2.com
http://www.key1key2.com

Get both and have one redirect to the other. Get both .orgs and .nets maybe even .infos, .ca, .ja Well, unless your site isn't for many contries in the case of the last two.
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Old 08-28-2008, 07:31 AM   #10
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I read at google webmasters blog that the separator should be "-". They will possibly recognize no space but dash is better.
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Old 08-29-2008, 07:55 AM   #11
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Many seo experts agree that the "-" is not a bad thing because search engines see this as a space. So as long as you have strong words in the domain name the dashes or hyphens do not hurt at all. The only problem with using this symbol is with humans, rather they will remember this as they retype your url later, some people loose visits this way by having a long hyphenated domain name.
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Old 09-09-2008, 02:29 PM   #12
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Your domain is worth more without dashes, if you want to sell it.
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:48 PM   #13
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The dash in the domain name actually bears little, if no weight as far as the search engines are concerned. Most important factor is the content and the optimization. Yet, since the domains without dashes are dominant, and people are forgetful and lazy, domains without dashes are worth more.
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Old 09-17-2008, 06:31 AM   #14
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Good idea, Del.

I prefer the look with dashes a little more, but I would probably forget it. I'd probably get the no dash one.
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:55 AM   #15
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I never like dashes all my life. So I would say no dash in a domain name. I think it is awkward when you tell people that you have a site that has dashes in its name.
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