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Old 27th February 2011, 02:02 PM   #1
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Question Dashes In Domain Name?

How many dashes can my domain name contain ? If the domain name contain more than 2 dashed does it affect the site ranking ?

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Old 28th February 2011, 12:59 AM   #2
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I believe having more than 2 dashes is frowned upon. Just use your website directory for your underlying pages to add more words. For instance, "www.my-awesome-website.com/most-awesome/" would be a decent option. Lots of people are doing this now rather than just having a bunch of .html files in the main directory.

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Great advice AVP. I would also add that you want something you can easily say to people most times as well. Too many dashes and people become more prone to misspell or end up on the wrong page.

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Old 28th February 2011, 01:47 PM   #4
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Default here's mine.....

dashes-bring-clarity-to-the-url,

otherwise it's like a vanity license plate:

www.dashesbringclaritytotheurl.pro

put as many as the sign-up site permits, and what makes you
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Old 28th February 2011, 04:09 PM   #5
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One thing to remember with dashes, is that only a few % of websites have them. Consequently, most people will assume no dashes in the name.

For instance, if looking for a website "my fantastic wonderful site" people are more likely to type in myfantasticwonderfulsite.com than my-fantastic-wonderful-site.com

If you have dashes in the name you have to make sure that you emphasize them when giving the URL, otherwise you will lose traffic to the non-dashed version.

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Old 28th February 2011, 05:56 PM   #6
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I agree that dashes make web URLs easier to read, however, I also agree that people don't expect them or typically add them when typing a URL.

One solution I've found is to purchase your domain name with and without dashes, if it's difficult to read without dashes. Then, just set-up a permanent redirect from the the URL without dashes to the one with them. That way you get the best of both worlds.

Has anyone else tried this or have any reason why it's not a good idea (other than costing an extra $7 a year for the extra domain name)?

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Old 28th February 2011, 09:36 PM   #7
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Default More than 2 dashes...

I have been told by a reasonably reliable source from "a major search engine company" that any more than two dashes are a negative to the ultimate page rank determination. The only exception, I am told, is when the dashes have something to do with the actual dashes, i. e., d-a-s-h-e-s.com

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Old 28th February 2011, 10:06 PM   #8
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Take a look at what Matt Cutts of Google says here >> http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/dashes-vs-underscores/

Apparently, Google does not penalize any amount of dashes.
Consider also that Wordpress uses dashes in all the URLs for sub-pages, as a standard format. Wordpress blogs suffer no ill effect from it.

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well, im not hot for two dashes standard, but Site Sells top sites have dashes, for whatever reason

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One solution I've found is to purchase your domain name with and without dashes, if it's difficult to read without dashes. Then, just set-up a permanent redirect from the the URL without dashes to the one with them. That way you get the best of both worlds.

Has anyone else tried this or have any reason why it's not a good idea (other than costing an extra $7 a year for the extra domain name)?
I think most people if they can get the name without dashes, they don't bother with the dash version.

Remember you can write the name with caps at the beginning of each word e.g. MyFantasticWonderfulSite.com to make it easier to understand. Browsers will convert all caps to lower case, so it doesn't matter what mix of upper and lower case is used.

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