#1
  1. No Profile Picture
    Registered User
    SEO Chat Explorer (0 - 99 posts)

    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    2
    Rep Power
    0

    Question Domain Name and Partial Words


    Hi All,

    I am a newbie here and a newbie to SEO so hello and thanks!

    I am developing a directory website for students to find local teachers. It will have a directory of local teachers and will also have content through blogs and forums.

    Here is my question.

    Let's say I want name the site *karateteachandlearn.com* as I want folks to come to the site to both teach and learn. However, I am concerned with the SEO merits. From keyword research, folks search on 'karate teacher', not 'teach'.

    If someone searches on 'karate teacher', do I get much or any SEO credit for having the text string 'teach' in the domain, although it is not an exact match and not delineated with hyphens?

    Alternatively, I could use something like my-karate-teacher.com. It is not as good a fit with the site mission, but if it is that much better SEO wise, it might be close enough.

    I plan to have a good site with good content and hopefully links to it, but I don't want to leave a lot on the table by not naming the site properly.

    Any thoughts?

    Thank you
    David
  2. #2
  3. No Profile Picture
    Registered User
    SEO Chat Explorer (0 - 99 posts)

    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    7
    Rep Power
    0
    Today you'll not get any additional boost in rankings if there is targeted keyword in you domain name. But there is one thing to note: if someone links to your site using domain name as an anchor text then keyword in domain name will be a bonus.
  4. #3
  5. No Profile Picture
    Registered User
    SEO Chat Explorer (0 - 99 posts)

    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    11
    Rep Power
    0
    Originally Posted by haus18
    Hi All,

    I am a newbie here and a newbie to SEO so hello and thanks!

    I am developing a directory website for students to find local teachers. It will have a directory of local teachers and will also have content through blogs and forums.

    Here is my question.

    Let's say I want name the site *karateteachandlearn.com* as I want folks to come to the site to both teach and learn. However, I am concerned with the SEO merits. From keyword research, folks search on 'karate teacher', not 'teach'.

    If someone searches on 'karate teacher', do I get much or any SEO credit for having the text string 'teach' in the domain, although it is not an exact match and not delineated with hyphens?

    Alternatively, I could use something like my-karate-teacher.com. It is not as good a fit with the site mission, but if it is that much better SEO wise, it might be close enough.

    I plan to have a good site with good content and hopefully links to it, but I don't want to leave a lot on the table by not naming the site properly.

    Any thoughts?

    Thank you
    David
    I would say it is best to use a domain name that people will remember. Although it can be a big advantage when trying to get to the top of the search engines it is only part of the picture. If you search for a lot of things you will find that a lot of the top 10 results do not have the keywords in the domain name.

    Also you will get some credit for your chosen domain name if you have a well optimised site. You should focus your decision on your users, how easily they will remember your site. Also if there is a competitor with a similar domain name what are the chances of losing people if they type it in wrong.

    Sorry if this is not a definitive answer but basically you should go with what is right for your business and not the search engines.
  6. #4
  7. No Profile Picture
    Registered User
    SEO Chat Explorer (0 - 99 posts)

    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    7
    Rep Power
    0
    One more thing: last time Matt Cutts from Google mentioned that having "-" in your domain name says Google that site may be spammy.
  8. #5
  9. No Profile Picture
    EGOL
    SEO Chat Mastermind (5000+ posts)

    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    9,689
    Rep Power
    2482
    Pick a name that is easy to remember and that represents your business. That will make you a success with your customers. Focus on that instead of having a bigasslongandhardtoremember.com
    * "It's not the size of the dog in the fight that matters, it's the size of the fight in the dog." Mark Twain
    * "Free advice isn't worth much. Cheap advice is worth even less." EGOL
  10. #6
  11. No Profile Picture
    Registered User
    SEO Chat Explorer (0 - 99 posts)

    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    2
    Rep Power
    0
    Thanks for your answers and information thus far. It is very helpful. I look forward to hopefully contributing more to the forum in the future.

IMN logo majestic logo threadwatch logo seochat tools logo