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A short and sweet SEO question.

ixian asked 1 year ago
Which url format is the best in terms of SEO?
1) mydogisanaughtydog.com
2) my-dog-is-a-naughty-dog.com

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7 Answers
alexross answered 1 year ago
1st one…………..

alexpratt answered 1 year ago
What about the extension i.e.

mydogisanaughtydog.com/onlinepoker
mydogisanaughtydog.com/online-poker

Cheers

scottpolk answered 1 year ago
@alexpratt 207646 wrote:

What about the extension i.e.
mydogisanaughtydog.com/onlinepoker
mydogisanaughtydog.com/online-poker
Cheers

not having dashes in the domain is definitely preferred … lots of spammers use domains with multiple dashes and therefore there is a trust factor associated with them. That is not say that they will not rank … Another reason not to is user trust of the domain – even if it ranks, it may be less likely to convert from a SERP as they trust factor is diminished.

~ scott polk

ixian answered 1 year ago
scottpolk;207675 wrote:
not having dashes in the domain is definitely preferred … lots of spammers use domains with multiple dashes and therefore there is a trust factor associated with them. That is not say that they will not rank … Another reason not to is user trust of the domain – even if it ranks, it may be less likely to convert from a SERP as they trust factor is diminished.

~ scott polk

Thanks for the answer Scott. Does your reply also refer to the url extension?

scottpolk answered 1 year ago
my answer for what you are referring to is slightly different … file names and sub-directories can have dashes in them and are not necessarily deemed spamm’ish. My rule is that I do not want more than 4-5 dashes in any URL – even from a user experience, you want to make sure your URLs are short and to the point and if it looks spammy to you then more than likely will to a use as well

alexross answered 1 year ago
@scottpolk 207675 wrote:

not having dashes in the domain is definitely preferred … lots of spammers use domains with multiple dashes and therefore

uh this is somewhat misleading in the modern domaining landscape imo.

I think stating that lots of not-so savvy or quick off the mark domain buyers have hyphenated domain names would maybe be a bit more realistic now, although in the past your sentiment may have been a bit more valid imo.

scottpolk answered 1 year ago
There still many great domains out there IMO … maybe not with specific keywords in the domain itself, but no matter what you believe from an SEO standpoint, user trust will still be a factor and i still recommend not using them if at all possible