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    In essence, which domain name would rank better on the search engines?
    Let's say someone searches for "automotive cars".
    Which domain would you rather have and why?
    www.automotive-cars.com
    www.automotivecars.net

    Assuming that www.automotivecars.com was already taken.

    I guess what I'm looking for is confirmation that keywords in domain name have a huge part in how you can rank. Is the hyphen more valuable, or is it a hinderence? Thoughts? Help please

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    I am not shure that it is. But I have two similar sites ( mirrorsites) one address included the term ...brand....com. I experienced a better ranking for that site for the searchterm "buy brand shoes".
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    I don't really think search engines care much if your domain is hyphenated or not.

    Un-hyphenated domains seem to be more popular, snappy, easier to remember.

    The only risk with buying the .net if the .com is already taken is that a propsect who has heard of your site visits your competitors site by mistake purely because he types the wrong URL.

    I know it's very difficult but I would try to find a domain where you can buy both the .com and .net derivative to avoid being confused with another site.

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    I'll preface this by saying I'm not sure [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img] but, automotivecars is not a recognisable word for search engines whereas automotive and cars are two words they should recognise so I'd opt for the latter.

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    I have read some experts opinions on this and found that some say it does not matter while others say it does matter. Personally I always use a hyphen unless the second word begins with an 's' and that s can pluralise the first word.

    e.g. www.carshowroom.com is better than www.car-showroom as it has the keywords car and cars and I believe it would help searches involving the word cars.

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    A hyphen is a hinderance, but so is .net as a domain. Have you considered .biz or .us?

    I'm having a battle with someone who essentially I wanted to annoy by registering their preferred name before they did, forcing them to use a hyphenated version. I can testify that they were really annoyed because the unhyphenated one was easier to remember. And now I have the #1 search result in Google over their #2. Gloat gloat.

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