Is long domain name SEO friendly?

ElissaRTR

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Hi everyone
I am going to start a helpful blog site, but confused about domain name. Is long domain name SEO friendly and easy to get ranked higher competitors?

Please suggest me.
 

elcidofaguy

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I would say if the domain name is too long it looks spammy... For me the domain name should be easy to remember and type i.e. brand focused... It is not necessary to have a long domain name to rank for one specific keyword - especially given long tail keywords should be part of your posts/page and thus part of the url for them and not the domain.... Why restrict yourself to ranking for one term when you should be going for lots of keywords?
 

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When you're wanting to purchase a domain name, you may think about whether the one you buy ought to be long or short. Not actually SEO friendly but there are a lot of benefits of long domain name. Long domain names don't generally preclude any sort of web sharing as they may have once done: following numerous prevalent administrations now abbreviate URLs, they don't consume up space in Twitter, or protract your shares on Facebook or Google+, so there's no compelling reason to stress over your domain being too long unless, obviously, its more than three or four words.
 

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Branding is most important, if can add keyword in your domain name it's extra advantage. Try to register simple domain which is easy to remember maximum two words such as WF, Problogger. net , copy-blogger. com etc .
 

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I don't think so that it will help to have long url. The key to success is creating high pr dofollow backlinks. Every url can be ranked up in search results.
 

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Actually lengthy URL domain names are not a major issue. Even Matt Cutts has confirmed that the search engines are not taking the length of the domain name as a factor in search engine indexing or ranking. If you want to keep your brand or the keyword in the domain name, it is acceptable but you should not over do it. You should think about how your url will look when you are looking at the sub pages and internal sub pages of the website.
 

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Emilylynch is right. Long url is seo friendly if your url is showing brand and good Keyword.
 

hmmricha

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If you have local business and want to rank for relatively low competitive keywords, you may choose keyword stuff domain. But if your focus is on branding, no doubt get catchy domain name.
 

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In my experience, having keywords in the actual domain has been devalued since Google adjusted their algorithm to handle exact match domains ranking simply due to the fact that they had keywords in the domain.

What's far more effective in my research is developing a strong content silo and utilizing keywords in the URL beyond the domain.

For example:

atlantacarpetcleaners.com used to rank based on keywords in the domain alone.

Now, proper content structures, siloing, and utilization of matched titles, h1, content, etc. is more effective:

smiths.com/services/carpet-cleaning (assuming consistent NAP based in Atlanta)
smiths.com/services/restoration
smiths.com/company/history
 
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