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Old 26th June 2011, 08:28 PM   #1
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I read that Google does not use keyword loaded domain names in their algorythym any longer. Case in point, this site http://www.showmelocal.com/profile.aspx?bid=4955 used to have a dedicated domain name I accidentally allowed to expire. I saw no drop in my search results.
Google wants to stop spam, and said it was far too easy for spammers to simply grab keyword loaded domains, and get into the search results faster.

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Old 5th September 2011, 12:27 AM   #2
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Old 5th September 2011, 01:02 AM   #3
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Hi roof cleaning!

Actually, I think that was more of a myth then anything else.

Want proof? Ok, here we go (I have done this countless times, so it gets a little old for me)

Take a step back about 10 years. I decide to create a search engine. Of course, I need a domain name. Ahhh... let me think... goo.. .uhhh... maybe goodgoo... ahh.. no. What about something catchy like GOOGLE! Yeah! That's it! It will drive people crazy!!!

But the domain name says NOTHING about search.

Your domain name doesn't matter 1 bit. I promise. If you need more help, click my sig link. There is a ton of information there (and it's growing). Also, I am doing a 'Follow me' project on this forum under Website Development. It's the top 'Sticky' post in that part of the forum.

Hope this helps! Good luck!

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Old 18th September 2011, 10:04 PM   #4
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Bing seems to still favor key word loaded domain names.

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Old 19th September 2011, 02:24 PM   #5
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Bing seems to still favor key word loaded domain names.
What makes you think that? (please include specific instance)

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Old 20th September 2011, 04:52 PM   #6
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Based on a search for "plumber albuquerque".

Top results were:

plumberalbuquerque.net
plumber-albuquerque.com
albuquerque-plumber.com
davistheplumber.com
elocalplumbers.com
theplumbernm.net

etc...

it "looks" like keyword loaded domains are doing better. The search results in google are much different.

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Old 22nd September 2011, 04:08 PM   #7
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There is nothing wrong with a keyword loaded domain. You may actually gain some natural traffic if you have a domain that might be typed in directly. That said, it will not figure heavily into most search rankings. I know this is the case with Google, but I am not familiar with Bing.

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Old 20th January 2012, 08:57 AM   #8
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I don't think you can look at what comes up in the search results and decide that the domain name keywords is why you are seeing those results. That's like standing on a corner, calling "Soo-eeeey" and thinking that's why cars are driving by. :-) There are other reasons you are seeing the results.

Sites may appear in search results better because of keywords in the domain name, but not only because of that. I feel that it's a very small part; but all other things being equal it will give you a small advantage.

The reason I feel it does add something is that if you do a search in Google you should notice that your keywords are in bold where they appear on the page and this includes those found in the URLs.

If you look at the page of the site that is coming up I'm pretty sure you will see the keyword or phrase that you searched for listed on the page at least once, and likely many times. The page may also be well optimized to rank well for those keywords. Lastly, the text used in links that point to that page may also have the same keywords and this all contributes to how well a page is found for something specific.

My advice is to think first about getting a good domain name if this is going to be the "brand" for your company, and then consider those with keywords that don't detract from that image you want to project.

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I have seen too much evidence for long tail keyword domain names being on the first page of the results to see otherwise.
Perhaps for the more hotly contested keywords would be different, but for a local specific search there is a weight of evidence.

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Old 17th February 2012, 09:53 PM   #10
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I read that Google does not use keyword loaded domain names in their algorythym any longer. Case in point, this site http://www.showmelocal.com/profile.aspx?bid=4955 used to have a dedicated domain name I accidentally allowed to expire. I saw no drop in my search results.
Google wants to stop spam, and said it was far too easy for spammers to simply grab keyword loaded domains, and get into the search results faster.
I disagree.

My site is Console Doctor's Video Game Repair Parts.

We use the domain http://video-game-repair-parts.com for a reason.

We could have called it consoledoctorparts.com or cdparts.com.

We decided on http://video-game-repair-parts.com for the link juice.

It works great when someone googles "Xbox repair parts".

video-game-repair-parts.com/xbox-360-c-1

I read the opposite. Anyways, my two cents.


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