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    Value of a domain that matches keyword(s)?


    How valuable is it to have a domain containing your keyword(s)?



    For example, if two sites are equally well written with a similar pagerank, one has its keyword(s) in its domain and the other has a more obscure .com, will the domain containing the keyword definitely get a higher ranking? Anyone got any proof of this?



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    will the domain containing the keyword definitely get a higher ranking?
    Compare one against the other and the answer is no. Take into account that the URL with the keyword is more likely to get anchor text links to their site with that keyword in and the answer is yes.

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    I don't think google counts this as much as it used to. I ahd a domain I bought months ago and did nothing with. It ranked 2nd in serps for a competative keyword that was hyphenated in the domain name. It's now dropped to 9th after the last update.
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    It's been my experience that keyword-hyphenated URL's are more rewarded in Inktomi based engines. Google doesn't seem to weight it much at all.

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