Which url has best chances?

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I registered two domains, but I'm not sure which of the two is prefered...

blabla-123.com or blabla123.com?

(above domains are for example purposes only)

One will be the primary address while the other will be a subdomain leading
to it.

Many thanks,

Re: Which url has best chances?

__/ [ Timmermans ] on Tuesday 21 February 2006 14:25 \__

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Does the "123" translate into actual numbers in the real case? And if so, do
they have a particular meaning? The hyphens can have real value. They serve
as word separators. Example:

(1) blue-widget.org

(2) bluewidget.org

The first will 'catch' search queries for "blue widgets", whereas the latter
will not (assuming nothing relevant appears /inside/ the page/site). The
latter, however, may be easier for /people/ to remember and will also
capture the SERP "bluewidget", which is a rare (or inexistent rather) word.
It is probably searched for more rarely as well.

Are you sure you want to set up two domains that serve a single site? Is only
one of them serving the primary content? Is so, this could be perceived as
domain accumulation, which is questionably a form of spamming (well, the
term "spam" lost its meaning long ago...). In turn, search engines might be
less reluctant to favour your site. Redirections are frowned upon too.

With kind regards,


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Re: Which url has best chances?

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I think you are asking a question about hyphenated domain names.

From my observations, additional weight for finding keywords in domain names
is becoming almost negligible. Although some additional score is awarded.
Google doesn't seem to care whether a sequence of characters is separated by
hyphens or not, MSN however seems to care a great deal. Yahoo ? I'm unsure.

Consider your example blabla-123.com

If someone does a search for the character sequence "blab", "bla", "lab" ...
and this sequence of characters is located in the domain name, it will get
highlighted in the SERPs, which I always assume to mean that the sequence is
important and relevant, thus giving the web page, or depending on the SE,
the web site additional ranking. In this case, MSN would award "blabla" and
"123" mores so than a sequence such as "abla-1", Google would highlight any
sequence and Yahoo ? not quite sure anymore.


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Re: Which url has best chances?

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Actually, I have finished doing a few tests and this theory doesn't appear
to be true anymore. I am refering only to keyphrases found within domain
names. Seems like Google has been  studying the dictionary and validating
what really are words and meaningful sequences as compared to just random
sequences of characters. Results for random sequences of characters found
withing domain names appears to have no impact at all. Maybe someone can
find an example to prove or disprove this. Logical naming conventions are
back again.


Fred canadian_web@hotmail.com
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Re: Which url has best chances?

"Timmermans" wrote ...
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Go with the hyphen. It does not matter at all in domain names per se - but
will make a difference when the domain name appears as text - few people
search for blabla123, but a fair number search for blabla (am I really
saying this?  ;o)

The other one should be forwarded by a 301 permanent redirect; Else you'll
soon find out that spam still holds clear and present dangers.

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