God, I just logged in here for the first time in years! It seems so strange.
Anyways, my question is: are hyphenated domains penalized by google?
For years, I've always preferred hyphens in my domain names, for legibility reasons, but now that I have a design/dev company, and clients that rely on me, I've been wanting to learn as much as possible so that their own websites don't get penalized from my lack of knowledge on the subject.
Now, I have had one person in marketing telling me that with one hyphen it's all good. One has told me that it doesn't matter, and a bunch have told me to get the domain without hyphens whenever possible.
Some people have also raised the question of the human factor (mysite.com is easier than my Hyphen site.com).
What have you guys noticed? Is the myth based in truth?
I'm positive that hyphenated domains are not penalized by Google. However, a hyphenated domain name tends to decrease its value compared to one which doesn't have. This is from a domainer's point of view.
I doubt Google would penalize anyone for using hyphens in their domain names, unless of course they were spamming, then again any name could be used to spam, hyphens or not. They wouldn't choose one domain over another just based on the name, when all are using the allowed characters, it's the actions of the domain which would cause Google to step in.
And as for do I think hyphens make a difference to people perception of a domain? No, I wouldn't say so... a domain name should always be relevant to the business/person it's associated with, hyphens or not. You can still get spammy sounding domain names without hyphens.
It was previously deamed a bad idea as far as I know, but, it has become less of a problem with the newer Google SEO algorithms but I think its still an issue with other rival engines + I agree with HostXNow, very easy to forget a hypen or where it is placed in a domain name.
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