Is ther a benefit to appending either "today" or "now" (or something else) to a URL name to get a .com?
no, if you can get a .org or .net and keep your preferred url title i'd do that instead - they are fine and will rank just as well but i would not choose .info. i know there are others but in general i'd stick with a .com,.org or .net
you can add hyphens etc between words also
Rob is right, a .org is just as good as a .com.
However, you may find even those aren't available, in which case adding "today" or "now" or some other word is much better than settling for a lesser suffix.
For instance, I couldn't get "pointeshoes" but I did manage to get "pointeshoesonline.com". Similary, "mendsdancewear" was already taken but "mensdancewearonline" was available.
Personally I wouldn't use hyphens or any other punctuation within your domain name. Ideally, you want a domain name you can give people without having to write it down - what Eric Graudins calls "the Radio Rule". If the words are run together they'll remember it, but they'll forget a hyphen.
I will say YES, only if your parent domain name is 'news', 'show' 'events', 'life' 'games' 'love' etc.
I would love to own a domain name like newstoday.com.
Basically it should make sense for the people searching for the phrase.
Thank you SunSeven... I apologize for overlooking your response!
Thankfully, I just got an email that alerted me )
Your advice is good and makes me wish I had not already purchased "name"today.com. I think that the addition of "news" as you suggest might have been better )
P.S. What is your thought about using hypens?
Thanks Rob... I just remember "get a dot org even if you have to append to the end or use hyphens...
i'll try clarify
Just say you ideally want
www.mywebsitesname.com but it's unavailable i'd get (if available)
www.mywebsitesname.org or www.mywebsitesname.net before making other changes like adding additional words
Your other alternative migth be
www.my-websitesname.com or ww.my-websitesname.org etc
My main point being if i was happy with and had researched my title or keywords in the title that .org or .net are fine alternatives to use if .com is unavailable which i would choose tobefore deciding to modify the title with extra words etc
next i would add hyphens or plurals etc or if i had to add words like 'the' 'my' or 'best' etc if suitable
i didn't mean for those examples to become active hyperlinks btw i just made them up oops
Thank you both Marisa and Rob. In this particular case all 3 .com, .net, and .org are already taken (. So, I'll go with whatevernamenow.com. Thanks again )
If you re going to add a word all that matters is that it is relatively short. I would suggesting thinking of a word that makes the most sense, not one that screams random SEO (like: new, best, review)
Sorry to be so slow to respond... had something to take care of...Thanks for the response! I chose today.
I disagree with not getting a hyphen in a url. I started a website about a month ago where it was 2 shortish words for the keyword and I managed to get word1-word2.com - it is doing much better than I thought (and better than a .net that I started 2 months ago) as most of my searches are coming directly from google for "word1 word2". Also, how many people have to write urls down these days - that is going to be a minute part of your traffic surely?
I'm not saying that URL's with hyphens won't do well. It used to be thought that Google didn't like them but I'm pretty sure that's not the case these days.
I'm just saying that if you have a choice, it's better to avoid them. As Eric says, it's the Radio Rule.
I have a website called Bellydanceoz about Australian bellydancers. I'm often at bellydance events and I'll tell people about the site. They don't write it down, but the name is easy for Australians to remember - Bellydance and Oz,which is what we often call Australia. People can go home and type that into their browser, but if it had a hyphen they'd probably forget it.
I also use hyphens quite a bit, although not from a SEO perspective.
Thank you all! I agree that the days of whipping out a pen and writing something down on your hand are over. (Good in a way becasue ballpoint pen and then sharpie palm notes were a pain to wash off ) !!
So, it seems that whatever seems to make the most sense and is most memorable on a case-by-case basis is the way to go.
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I have been wondering about how to best dispose of an unwanted domain name prior to its expiration.
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