About hyphens in URLs

| January 16, 2012

Is it better to choose a domain name with or without hyphens?

Here’s an example. You could choose either green-widgets.com or greenwidgets.com.┬áIt doesn’t make any difference to search engines and it doesn’t affect your search positions. Either way, if you sell green widgets you’ll have an advantage over a business whose domain name doesn’t include the phrase ‘green widgets’.

The benefits of avoiding hyphens in URLs

The former, with hyphens, is easier for humans to read at a glance. But the crux of the matter, according to my tame senior SEO expert, is actually the comparative ease of verbal dissemination. It’s harder to get “Visit green hyphen widgets.com” across verbally without confusion than it is to say, “Visit greenwidgets.com”. Therefore, domain names without hyphens are best.

Simples!

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By Kate Goldstone - ()

Originally from Middlesbrough, I lived in Brighton for many years before moving to North Devon. I’ve had a passion for words all my life and this is my twelfth year as a freelance writer. In my spare time I draw, paint, sculpt, carve wood and rock, garden, read, write poetry and enjoy long distance hiking. I sing and play the recorder. I collect modernist paintings, vintage rugs and mid-century German art pottery. I’m a member of The Poetry Society. And I am an experienced volunteer shepherd, a ‘Lookerer’.

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