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    Domain names - how important?


    Hello all

    Something thats been bugging me for a while now and that was brought to my attention a few mins ago is domain names and how important are they with search engines such as google.

    For example, take my site , now i have a site that is dedicated to villas in central florida so is my name above useless?

    Should the domain name match a keyword or phrase? Do numbers cause problems in domain names? what does - (hyphens) do inbetween domain names to seperate works?

    I never quite understood it, can someone please tell me, thank you.
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    Hello,

    Yes, from my experience keywords count in domain names. I think hyphens are better than just keyword1keyword2.com

    keyword1-keyword2.com is better.

    Google does consider domain names for ranking! 8)
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    google cosider the url line very important which means you have to use your keywords in your domain seperated by "-"

    In Inktomi the url is very important much more than google and yahoo

    I wish someone told me that 3 years ago when i bought my domain....
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    Thanks for that, so you must have a - to get a good ranking?? Is that really the case?

    OK what about numbers inbetween keywords?

    And how do search engines treat different domain name extensions? .net .org .co.uk etc? Does it really have to be .com?

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    Do numbers cause problems in domain names?
    Not necessarily. E.g. I have a number near the end of my domain name which doesn't seem to hurt its ranking. Also, if your domain starts with a "1" or "1st" that can certainly help your rankings in directories like dmoz.
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    From my experience,
    Keywords in domain name don't help much. It's good to have 4-7 words domain names. I myself have got top 10 rankings in google for my clients in which there are no keywords in domain names. It's better to have domain names without keywords..
    Just my opinion
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    Hi,

    you know my thoughts...since i did send you a PM before...

    some more info,

    Choosing your names...you have to think the way your visitor is thinking...

    i saw websites....with almost no links from other websites....just listed
    in the search engines...getting mass targeted traffic bec the name is just to good....

    in your case...

    www.villa-rental-florida.com is a very good name since those are your
    target words...

    a com domain is ok..

    another domain can be choosen also...but just take a look then on what search engines it should perform good....since not all search engines do accept a country domain name...(for that i choose a .com if available)

    if it comes to doing business these days....more names in your branche
    should be choosen and don't bet one horse. (horse = domain :-) )


    regards, hans
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    The number can only assist in directories that sort listings acording to the ABC
    However since this trick is very common its only a matter of time until directories will ignor the number.....
    Regrading .com, .org

    I really dont know but I have a strange feeling that com and org still get better places in search engine
    You dont see meny .biz, .us , .info in top ranking....

    Regarding multiple domains.. I would not bother...
    If you are going to ofer your customers differnt site than ok if its just a doorway page you will end up with a white google toolbar....and with less 15$ in your pocket...
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    Sorry Darkroom -- I think it's very difficult to agree that "It's better to have domain names without keywords".
    So far as I am aware, and particularly with Google, your prime keyword included in the domain name DOES help.

    Were the top 10 rankings you got for your clients for popular search terms? Can you give us some examples please?
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    Sorry domainsnow4u..but my clients given me rights to post their link anywhere
    Thanks
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    well darkroom I wouldnt want to be your client....
    Just make a amall research and you will notice that key words in the domain or url are a MUST.
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    Originally posted by "asher02"

    well darkroom I wouldnt want to be your client....
    Just make a amall research and you will notice that key words in the domain or url are a MUST.
    Do a search in google and type "seach engine optimization" and then tell me how many sites you will find with keywords in the domain names

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    People choose domain names of what their website is about. Not for their keywords.
    Thanks
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    Surely the keywords used should be what your website is about.
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    asher02 is right !! (i knew this before also)

    just to confirm darkroom

    www.google.com

    query " auto te koop " No 1 = http://www.autotekoop.nl

    would haven given you 20 examples but google is giving errors
    now bec of the dance i think....

    so if an SEO is not keeping in mind this for a client...he is not a good
    SEO....and he should advice his client to register some additional names
    in his branche....

    if you dont give this advice to your client , he will not be happy with you once another website will take positions above him with nothing more then a simple domain name registered !!

    regards, hans
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