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Is my domain name too long - and should I switch???

Postby BizCardGuru » Thu Dec 28, 2006 3:13 pm

I've been using a 32-character domain name for 2 months, which was suggested by a mentor I respect. It's exactly the same title as the book it sells, which is good - but the URL is so long that it's awkward to use at times.

I prefer a different domain name, 24 characters, which uses the 3 main words of the book title and which is also the name of my ezine.

WHich is better?

And if I buy the shorter domain name, what next? Use one for print and one for online? Redirect one to the other? There are a FEW links to the longer URL if you search in Google for it but not a lot just yet - naturally, if I switch to using a different domain name I want to do so SOON.

I don't want to make more work for myself and don't necessarily want to have two domain names for the same product, but really prefer the shorter one...

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Postby americanwahm » Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:16 pm

I user several long domains for product sites and it works out fine. I wouldn't use a long domain for a content site or a site that I'm going to carry in my signature on a regular basis.

Perhaps find a shorter domain and redirect it for use in places where the long one is a pain.
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Postby robert adams » Sun Jan 14, 2007 12:16 am

it really doesn't matter how long a domain name is. who types them in any more?
you and others will almost always be clicking on a link or copy and paste, etc.

if you are selling something, then the long one that uses more keywords is going to be better for SEO.

however, make sure that those keywords are separated by hyphens/dashes and not by underscores or not separated at all.

remember, if the title of your book is :
"how I created my website",

nobody will every type into google;

therefore, your domain name should be;

google etc, will see those as separate words.

google will see as all one long word.

etc, etc.

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Postby Johnny » Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:27 am

Why not get both ? It is an additional of 10 a year ?

Perform a redirect from one of these domain.
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Postby rfresh » Tue Jul 03, 2007 9:51 pm


I would get your second, shorter domain name and have two - then redirect it to your web site with the longer name.

And if you do get the second domain name, make sure whom ever you register it with that you get full domain management capability with it.

Good luck!
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Postby Getagrip » Sun Jul 22, 2007 3:39 pm

You can always use both and forward the old one to the new one for your repeat visitors who knew only your old domain name.
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Postby Home_Based_Mom » Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:55 am

If you plan on running PPC ads, the shorter name would be better because you only have so much space in the display url area. :wink:

(Don't ask me how I know this can be a problem . . . .) :?

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Postby Li Weng » Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:58 am

It doesn't really matter. People go to your website via links anyway.
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