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  1. #1
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    I am going to be building a new website this month and I will be buying the domain name soon. Here is my question, is it better to get a domain name with a hyphen between my kewords or combine it into 1 word. Like www.whatever.com or www.what-ever.com

    Thank guys [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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    I've always been a non hyphen type person -- hence I have parentsworld.com not
    parents-world.com.

    To me, it's easier to verbally give out. I was interviewed last February on CBC National Radio and imagine if every time I refered to the site I would have had to say "parents hypen world dot com".

    And yet, the dot com I used to work for was travellersmall.com. People always see TravellerSmall not TravellersMall as they should...maybe a hypen would be visually better (travellers-mall.com) but still messy to verbally give out.

    But that's just MY two cents worth [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    [ 01-16-2002: Message edited by: parentsworld 'cause she's an idiot who can't spell!]

    [ 01-16-2002: Message edited by: parentsworld ]

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    It depends on what you're gonna do with the site, and how you're gonna advertise it.

    Most ppl will tell you that the value of a hyphenfreedomainname is higher. But the question is, should you care about that? You plan to build a site, not to sell it. Right?

    For SEs, it shouldnt be a big difference if with or without "-".


    <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/ubb/icons/icon26.gif> (Keep the change.)

    Quiet777

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    I prefer without the Hyphen, however, in some circumstances, I have a hypenated name, mainly because other good names were taken. My wifes wedding site has a hyphen and does pretty well...

    Tom Pyles

    [ 01-16-2002: Message edited by: TH Media ]

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    runrun,

    Would people type in "a-best-web.com? Yes ... but, it is easier as abestweb.com and forget about word of mouth referrals (A hyphen Best hyphen web dot com ) :eek:

    Haiko

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    Depend on what is the name....
    But generally I think without hyphen is better.
    If you are going to advertise in radio or tv, then people have to spell out "bla bla bla hyphen bla bla bla dot com" (It's harder for people to remember too).
    Logowise, I think without hyphen is better.....(*just my preference*)

    You also have people's perception.....Look at offline and online advertising. There is a few of them that have a hyphen. That's mean that people are more familiar with URL that's without hyphen. For example, people see an ad for Best-Toy.com, then it will convert to their mind "Best Toy". The next time they go to the web, they will enter "BestToy.com" first before they enter "Best-Toy.com" (after they realize, they can't find what they want)

    Search engine wise...hmmm...I don't think it shouldn't matter (but I saw it somewhere that they said it's better to have a hyphen)

    Haiko,
    Let me know what you are going to build, I'll find some good name for you (free of charge [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img])

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    runrun,

    The best thing to do is get both versions, hyphenated and nonhyphenated. Promote the nonhyphenated and use the hyphenated for search engines.

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    Dynamoo grins evilly.

    I own a domain along the lines of localpoliticalpartyihate.co.uk, whereas the Local Political Party I Hate (not their real name) has been forced to register local-political-party-i-hate.co.uk.

    Guess who's gonna be having some fun here [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    The answer is yes, no hyphen is better than hyphen, but you can always register both [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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