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Thread: Sites with -

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    Sites with -

    Does a site with - has any value?

    Like webhosting-talk.com?

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    What's your point? Depends on what domain name you're talking about.

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    My point is:

    Are such sites worth anything?
    Are these sites search engine friendly?

    I would like to invest in some.

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    I think domain with "- " looks ugly

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    With a '-' or withouth it, it doesn't matter for search engines.

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    I would say NO but than it all depends how you work it up.

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    In terms of people finding you, methinks they would mostly end up on the other site without the "-" e.g. webhostingtalk.com instead of webhosting-talk.com.
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    Yes it has a value and will also be search engine friendly. But as frattay22 said it all depends how you work it up. IMO, if you are having a website with unique content only then you should get a '-' in your domain.
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    not easy to remember

    say you're talking to someone face to face or over the phone
    A: oh yeah dont forget to email me at [email protected] "dash" domain.com
    B: sorry whats that?
    A: my "dash" not the "underscore" but dash without shift domain.com
    B: oh well lemme get a pen one moment
    A: sure
    B: btw where is the DASH located on the keyboard?
    A: *sigh* never mind i fax me on +123456789
    LOL
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    hahahaha lol

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    I find the hypenated version (with "dashes") useful when you are advertising the regular domain name. For example:

    Super-Duper-Low-Cost-Auto-Insurance.com is easier to read in an advertisement than
    superduperlowcostautoinsurance.com

    But when the people get back to their computers, they probably only remember the words and NOT the hyphens, so they DO end up at superduperlowcostautoinsurance.com <--- not a real domain BTW.

    So, my answer is that they are useful and effective when you own both the non-hyphenated and the hyphenated versions.
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    Cool of course

    They are good domain names, as long as people recognize it.

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    Domain names with "-" can work pretty well, I suppose. 42% domains I sold with 1 or 2 "-" in them. One of them with 2 "-" was sold for $5000. So it seems many people do like them.
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    two "-" and sold for $5000 ? is it like word-word-word.xxx or word--word.xxx ?
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    And guess what? it's in Spanish , not English That's a business name.
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    "-" dosent roll off the tounge.

    I have a domain with - and its not in use because I found it annoying to tell people the domain.
    I could tell you a joke about UDP. But I'm not sure you would get it!

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    My domain has a dash in it. I thought long and hard about it. The non dashed version doesn't actually dns to a website although it is owned by someone else. My thoughts on it were, most people will come to know of my services via business card, email, or search engine. I don't do any TV or Radio advertising. In other words I think the customer learning of the website thru printed media will help with the name recognition and retention.

    I do however think its important to show the domain name a few times on the site though. To enforce the use of the hyphen visualy.

    I do plan on keeping my eye on the non dashed version to try and scoop it up if possible

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    For personal sites, I think dashes are fine, but for business sites, I guess it would depend on the situation (although I work for a company that uses a few domains with dashes in them, and they have never had a problem with the dashes).

    Originally posted by Bashar
    not easy to remember

    say you're talking to someone face to face or over the phone
    That's true, but technically, that would apply to domains with numbers in them also. If someone said "domain one dot com," that person could be referring to either domainone.com or domain1.com.

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