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    A little while back I was checking out the list of the 10,000 most visited websites at pcdataonline and I noticed a free strange URLs popping. They had URLs like www.free-mp3-free.com and www.sex-porn-free.com, etc. (plus a few others I would prefer not to post here). It didn't really make sense to me at first but then it occured to me that perhaps these sites turned up higher in popular searches like "free mp3" and "free porn".

    A strategy that I'm considering based on that is to buy up a bunch of hyphenated URLs with keywords that are commonly used to find my site. Then I'll put up doorway pages at those URLs. Domain names are cheap nowadays and I've got my own server so there really isn't any additional cost for me.

    Do you think this would work?

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    It might help, but you shouldn't concentrate on the engines that much. Concentrate on a good domain, then optimize your pages for the engines, then work on other ways of promotion.

    Keyword stuffing in the URL will help your site, but you will be better off with a good solid domain instead.

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    Its exactly what I am going to do.

    Please let me know if this helps your hits, as I would be interested to know.

    If you are hosting your own domain, then you have nothing to lose. (well, only the price of a domain and thats hardly an investment.)

    Gof or it ! !

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    But say your site is, as an example, to buy flowers. You buy the domain flowers.com bu also sex-porn-free.com and free-mp3-free.com as well as micro-free-soft.com. So you're going to be getting a lot of bored teenagers, bored teenagers looking for free music, and people who want free Microsoft software or who want to free the world of Microsoft. Not exactly the audience you'd want, I'm guessing.

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    I hear you, but the domain I buy will be highly relevant.. Then I will attract the right audience...

    Those sort of domains are o.k if all you want are high traffic figures, but I need relavant visitors !!

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    Yeah, I think buying highly targeted domain names is the key here. For instance, if my sites were about stocks and investing I might buy the following domains (if they aren't taken already):
    www.stock-tips.com www.stock-research.com www.hot-stocks.com www.stock-market-tips.com

    etc.

    Based on what I'm seeing I think that someone who were to search on "stock tips" would likely see my doorway page listed high in the engines.

    Does this make sense and does anyone have experience actually doing something like this?

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    Those would be great domains.

    When I posted earlier, I meant to be against the type of domains like:
    www.stock-tips-that-are-absolutely-free-and-very-fun-for-you-that-you-can-use-in-your-everyday-life.com

    Well, that's a little long, but you get my picture.

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    Go to http://www.a-b-c-d-e-f-g-h-i-j-k-l-m...v-w-x-y-z.com/

    I can't believe someone paid for it...

    Owen

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    I've just been on the a-b-c(..)x-y-z.com site, but what a pity... It's still empty! I'd love to know who needs such a site.

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    Just buying a Domain name with your keywords in it won't help you that much on the search engines unless it is optimised correctly.


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    Why should you have keywords in your domainname? Isn't it better to have a short, easy to remember domainname?

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    Elledan: I think people mean as an alternative...perhaps they can have them forward to your main site?



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    OK, got that... I didn't properly understood it, I think, sorry about that.

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