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Dashes in Domains

Discussion in 'Domains and Hosting' started by Ollivander, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. Ollivander

    Ollivander Affiliate affiliate

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    Would you ever own a domain with a dash (-) in it? What do you believe the pros and cons are of such domains? Do you think a dash affects the overall well being of a website? Why/why not?
     
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  3. Hanaseru

    Hanaseru Affiliate affiliate

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    I own a domain with a dash in it ouo.

    It makes it easier to get a certain domain name that I want, and I don't think it seems to affect the traffic of my website too much.
     
  4. Kevin24

    Kevin24 Affiliate affiliate

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    I have a site with a dash and it and it is actually doing better than the site without the dash. Excessive amounts of dashes could be a problem though. Like Hanaseru said, it can also make it easier to obtain the domain you really want.
     
  5. Jessi

    Jessi Affiliate affiliate

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    The only time I recommend using a dash is when it is to distinguish between two words that may not be obvious in the version without a hyphen.

    For example:

    penisland vs pen-island ;)
    expertsexchange vs experts-exchange
    therapistfinder vs therapist-finder

    You get the idea.

    Otherwise, though, it is much preferred to avoid having a hyphenated domain.
     
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  6. Mattlav

    Mattlav Service Manager Service Manager affiliate

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    from my experience.. one of my best sites has a - in it.. doesn't affect it one bit.. ranks good, traffic is excellent.. and good revenue.. no negatives so far
     
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    T J Tutor

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  8. Vinaya.Ghimire

    Vinaya.Ghimire Affiliate affiliate

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    The only problem in using special characters and punctuation is you cannot pronounce it and it is hard to remember. For example, I have wellbeingezine.com domain, I could have used wellbeing-ezine, however,it could be difficult to make people remember that there is a hyphen.
     
  9. NiteshPundhir

    NiteshPundhir Affiliate affiliate

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    Its just hard to pronounce, rather than that there is no problem at all.
     
  10. ShaneW

    ShaneW Affiliate affiliate

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    Dashes in domain do not affect website traffic too heavily, and can be essential for making the meaning clear, it must be moderated though.
     
  11. Jim Moriarty95

    Jim Moriarty95 Affiliate affiliate

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    I know many popular brand use dashes in their domain. There is no problem.
     
  12. gferica

    gferica Guest

    the dash don't mean anything in a domain name. with the proper seo building , you actually don't notice that your domain is having a dash.
     
  13. threenerds2014

    threenerds2014 Affiliate affiliate

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    There are no effect on SEO but branding.
     
  14. Jameshopesca

    Jameshopesca Affiliate affiliate

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    nice. fee l free to vish
     
  15. GoHawt

    GoHawt Affiliate affiliate

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    I have a - on my domain and the website is doing fine.
     
  16. johnbrent

    johnbrent Affiliate affiliate

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    There is no problem with dash in your domain but you try to avoid it because no one can remember name with dash easily...
     
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