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    Keywords in domain name

    Dear All

    I'm about to purchase a few more domain names and need some advice.

    Lets assume my keyword to target is widget.

    Would I be better to place the singular or plural version in my domain name.

    Plus would I be better to split with dashes or without ie www.blue-widget.com or www.bluewidget.com.

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    All.

    For the sake of a few quid, it's worth getting all four variations (singular, plural, hyphenated, non-hyphenated). Make it easier on your user.
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    You'll want to use the hyphenated one in directory submissions (and for the sake of link popularity you should use it in internal links and all other submissions as well).
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    Well, buy all four, after all it only costs $32 per year

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    $32 a year? Are you still buying from netsol? ouch.
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    Originally posted by aspen
    $32 a year? Are you still buying from netsol? ouch.
    You can get all four for not much more than that. Netsol manage to combine high prices with a service which is so bad it is scarcely believable which is possibly why their holding company Verisign announced a 10% staff lay-off yesterday.
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    Originally posted by aspen
    $32 a year? Are you still buying from netsol? ouch.
    I think he means $32 for all 4 URL's. That's 8 dollars a piece. Not bad, IMO.

    Hyphenated domains definitely rank better than their non-hyphenated counterparts. If you are worried about branding your name, then definitely get the non-hyphenated versions of the domains.

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    Domain Names

    Thank you to all who have posted reply .

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    Yeah I mean $32 for all four, $8 per domain isn't that bad. I get mine free with my hosting plan.

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    Hyphenated domains really do rank better? I should probably get hyphenated versions of some of my domains.

    Also, where are you getting domains for $8?
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    For directories hyphenated keyword rich domains can help your rank higher. Since directories don't spider your site all that they can base your ranking off of is keywords found in your listing, this includes category name, site name, url, and description. Plus any hidden fields accessable only to editors.

    So you should use keywords in your URL and keywords in your site name.

    Additionally the parsing software that they use cannot always parse keywords that don't have punctuation between them, which is why you use hyphens.
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    aspen, seek yr advise.

    Is it better to have domain with hyphenated singular keywords or hyphenated purlar keywords?

    For example,

    magic-tricks

    or

    magic-trick

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    without hypen for advertising
    with hyphen for se and submissions

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    Originally posted by SitePointer
    aspen, seek yr advise.

    Is it better to have domain with hyphenated singular keywords or hyphenated purlar keywords?

    For example,

    magic-tricks

    or

    magic-trick
    I'm no Aspen, but I'll have a stab anyway. I'd say plural, because if your keyword is the singular (magic-trick), then it's in the plural version. You can't spell "magic-tricks" without "magic-trick", plus you have both keywords for the price of one!

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    i thought the same too, at least in yahoo case.

    But I have read several post where some of you recommend singular keywords so i am a bit confused.

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    This can be seen as keyword spamming. I'd suggest that people (not specifically the person who started this thread) be careful with what they do with their domains. Maybe it works now to have a long hyphenated domain name well stuffed with keywords, but meta tags worked very well a short time ago too. There's no fine line ATM that separates a legit domain from a keyword spammer, but I am advising to keep this in mind.
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    I don't think the plural is necessarily a good thing in all cases.. and I don't think keyword rich domains help with SEs (though like Aspen said, they do with directories). That being said, it can't *hurt*, and I believe there's at least a teeny bit of weight using a domain with a keyword in it.

    Back to the plural thing: small variations in words can lead to big differences in traffic. As a rule of thumb, I use the Overture search suggestion tool to get an idea of who is searching for what, and then multiply that a few times to guess what kind of searches a place like Google may be getting.

    Though that may not be scientifically accurate..

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