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    Do domain name affect pagerank?

    If so, how big is the affect? thx!

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    Another no. The only thing that affects Google Pagerank (displayed on the little green bar) is the amount of links to your page and their quality (as in, how much PR the pages that link to you have, and how many outgoing links they have on that page).

    Things that do NOT affect your Google Pagerank:
    1. Your domain name.
    2. The URL of your page (as long as the search engines know how to index it).
    3. Who you're linking out to (even if you link to Google.com, it won't help).
    4. The content on your page.

    Things that your Pagerank does not affect:
    Your position in the search engines for your chosen keywords (at least not directly).
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    If it's an expired domain name, the page rank may start falling.

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    Domain name has got nothing to do with your site's Google PageRank. PageRank is a system used by Google to value websites on a scale of 0 to 10, based upon their link popularity.

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    The domain name helps a lot your web pages to be recognized as important on the keyword/keywords included in your domain name. If you have "pink skin aliens" as domain and some content about them on your index page I can make a bet you'll rank top on this keyword.
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    I believe that many of us will be very concern about the page rank of expired domain name after they bought, we will worry our page rank lose. I think domain name will lose page rank? Honestly, I’m not sure! But, after I done this survey, at least I know that domain name really effect the page rank.

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    domain is one factor in SEO strategy . So I think it may related to pagerank in someway

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    Page Rank relates to the number of links to a web page and has nothing to do with domain names.

    The question "Do domain name affect pagerank?" has almost the same answer as "Does the colour of your car affect the amount of cheese your neighbour can eat?" (in that there is a slight possibility of the answer to this second question being yes whereas the answer to the first question cannot possibly be yes).
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    It can, in that many people who link to your website will use the name to link to it will influence the anchor text of links.

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    Nothing to do with domain names.
    Page Rank relates to the number of links to your site.
    But it's better if you have an aged domain.

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    I'll respond with the assumption that your question is more general than just PageRank -which is Google's way of rating sites and pages based on the quantity and quality of backlinks.

    PageRank is one component of ranking well in Google's search results. Having a domain name with your keywords is another factor that will help with your rankings.

    When developing a domain I focus on:
    - keywords in the domain name
    - keywords in the folders
    - keywords in the page title
    - content & keywords in the content
    - publicizing the domain to get back links

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    WoW, thanks brother for starting such thread. I was interested to know these answers.
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    Content is the king for the web site to be successful for the SE. But at the same time domain name should be short and memorable for the direct visitors

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiberForum View Post
    Content is the king for the web site to be successful for the SE. But at the same time domain name should be short and memorable for the direct visitors
    Neither of which has anything to do with Page Rank - Content rates way higher than Page Rank in terms of its importance to SEO and a memorable domain name will help visitors return directly without regard to SEO at all. Page Rank is just about the least important aspect to web marketing.
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    Domain name affect on ranking not page rank. If you have quality content on your site and are following best practices for adding new material with some regularity, you can rest assured that in the long run your new site will pop right into the search engine and continue its climb up the rankings to help your customers find you.


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