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Dashes in Domains

Ollivander

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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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Hanaseru

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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.
 

Kevin24

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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.
 

Jessi

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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.
 

Mattlav

Service Manager
Service Manager
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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
 

Vinaya.Ghimire

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affiliate
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.
 

ShaneW

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

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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.
 

johnbrent

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affiliate
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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