Using a dash in web address

is it okay in using a dash in your domain address? any benifits for using a dash such as www.myweb-site1234.com. i see some are using the subdomains now because certain domains are not available. as we get more creative with a domain name is it a downfall to it? LIke delicious is del.icio.us… thats pretty creative if you ask me.

I think, generally, the dash is confusing to most users.
However, there are many instances where it makes sense; and is much easier to remember than the jumble of letters that comes without.

Your comment on subdomains is very perceptive. I have been predicting a surge in the use of subdomains as a result of the ‘clog’ of domain name availability. As a matter of fact, I anticipate that holders of the more desirable domain names can make a business out of ‘renting’ subdomains.

Easier to read, harder to say. So if you advertise in print and online (not as important as it will likely be a hyperlink anyway), use the dash. If you advertise on the radio or word of mouth, do without the dash.

Try to get both forms of the domain and use a 301 redirect to keep your SEO on a good footing.

We personally think dash is not a good idea.
It is not search engine freindly also though people have different views on this issue.

Good luck.

I agree. I dont like dashes in domain names. Everyone usually always forgets to type them in. Im a regular user of the internet and if someone asked me to suggest a domain name with a dash in it Id be struggling!

RJ

I do not like dashes. But if dash in vocabulary word i’m affraid that nothing can be done. :wink: Aby way if domain well sound - that is ok.

I don’t like dashes either, and there is no benefit seo-wise.

I think this is very true. I have a domain with a dash in it and I think telling people about your site and having to include “dash” everytime you say it can get annoying. And if that person tells someone about it then you have to rely on them to say “dash” and so on.

I don’t mind if there is a dash in the domain name if it easily pronounceable. Like ash-smash.com :slight_smile:

One thing to keep in mind when choosing a domain name with hyphens in it: you users. When using a domain with multiple hyphens you make it more difficult for your human visitors to remember and type in your domain name. Domain names with more then one hyphen should only be used if you are attempting to market your website through the search engines. If you plan on doing offline advertising, including word of mouth, one hyphen or less is recommended.

7-zip.org

Yep, I struggled. I can’t think of any other domains with a dash that I have actually used.
This domain works because it is the name of the program, and it will rarely be passed by word of mouth.

When I see dashes in a domain I instantly think its a spammy MFA type site, so I would avoid it where possible. Certainly no more than 1 if you do use a dash though.

Instead of judging a website but it’s domain name wouldn’t it be more accurate to judge it by its content?

no doubt it would, but I like to have some sort of filter before I go to a website off a search. If I found the website some other way I’ll certainly click through to it, but off a search that hits one of my filters

That’s a shame because you’re probably missing a lot of good websites that way.

As it’s already been stated above, using a dash in a domain name is not the ideal. If we’re strictly talking about branding issues, most of the great names (not talking about the quality of a site which is judged by the content in it) out there don’t use hyphens. It’s harder to remember when word of mouth is passed along, esp. if there is more than 1 hyphen used, plus in the domaining industry, it is considered a lower grade domain name (should you decide to sell it later on). Should you decide to use domain hacks (like del.icio.us) be careful. These can be even more confusing to those who aren’t too knowledgeable about your site. People will tend to add a “.com” at the end of it, at least in the beginning.

Note: Since starting, del.icio.us has bought delicious.com, and use it to host their blog as a subdomain, while forwarding the www to the del.icio.us domain, as they still saw the need to own both. They saw that they still were missing out on potential traffic by not owning the generic .com domain.

Commercially spoken a dash is no good for a domains value. It’s also not ideal for type in traffic as people forget the dash and your visitors end up at the competition who owns the same name without the dash.

No doubt, but I have to draw the line somewhere and I guess thats where it is (If the description/PR/any other reason makes me click through) I still will.

I would rather use a number than a dash in my domain name if I have to use one.

Wouldn’t use a dash, people tend to forget the dash when typing in your address, sending your traffic to the competition owning the address without the dash.