How Do You Spell Domain?
Hyphens: my-domain.com vs. mydomain.com
The good news about using hyphens is there are still great .com's left that use hyphens. Also, seperating words with hyphens can help search engines better recognize key words. The down side to using hyphens is verbal marketing. Imagine telling someone over the phone, "'my dash domain.com" instead of "mydomain.com." Your company might as well be called "My Dash Domain" if that is how you will have to say it. If customers do not see this domain in writing they may be confused and you will lose traffic.
Numbers4YourDomain and KoolSpellingz
Other factors that may cause confusion to customers through verbal marketing are using numbers (4mydomain.com) or purposeful misspellings, often called trendy spelling (mydomainz.com). As with the hyphens, if a customer does not see the domain in writing they may end up at your competitors site.
A tip... if you are considering using profanity in your domain name, think again. Profanity is can be a turn off to potential viewers and sounds unprofessional. Avoid using profanity in the domain name. There are better ways to lure viewers to your site.
Looooooooong or Short Domains
The length of the domain is also something to consider. It should be long enough to give viewers an adequate idea of what the site contains, but short enough to remember.
Acronyms are a good use of very short domains, but is only useful if the acronym is already well known, like NFL or NBC. If your company is named Joe's Sprocket Store you'd be better off going with joes-sprocket-store.com than JSS.com.
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