Saturday, November 10, 2007

Chosing a subdomain. With or Without dashes?

Netvestor shares a nice trick that you should use while getting yourself a sub-domain. Many free hosting services like tumblr and bravehost offer you a sub-domain for use rather than a domain name[example].

In this case, suppose you are developing a new site on one such platform and suppose your niche is webdesign then most probably you would want your address be something like . By this I imply that you'd like thaat your keywords be the subdomain for you. That helps with Search Engine Optimisation[SEO] and brings you higher in search results.

But sometimes it is hard for a search engine to split your keywords if they are written all together. Although google says they can split your words pretty good, you are still not sure. Adding dashes (or hyphens) will sometimes be necessary to help out the search engine with your words. However, dashes lengthen your website address and also make it harder for users to remember. So you want to use dashes only if you really have to. How can you tell?

To find out if you need dashes in your subdomain name or not go to google and type your keywords (allconnectedtogether). If you get a "Did you mean?" hint from google with your words split up, you are safe to use it without dashes. Otherwise dashes might be necessary.
Neat and Handy.