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    That only counts for filenames. For domains, having no spaces between two words is now the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will.Spencer View Post
    That only counts for filenames. For domains, having no spaces between two words is now the best.

    Change is the only constant.
    Oh, yes yes. I now remember, exactly. Matt Cutts mentioned this in his 'Wordcamp something' video/slideshow, targeted towards bloggers and others alike. Sorry for the previous post, confusion

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    this probably not the seo type thing. but penisland.com is different than pen-island.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatthehell View Post
    this probably not the seo type thing. but penisland.com is different than pen-island.com.
    The non-dash version is the best for seo. But the dashed version pen-island.com is better for the eye.

    Another issue with the dashed version is that it's harder to give out over the phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatthehell View Post
    this probably not the seo type thing. but penisland.com is different than pen-island.com.
    nice point, but here is where on-page optimization would come into place that would let a Search engine decide whether its 'Penis land' or 'Pen Island' depending on keyword density, proximity and many other factors.
    And yeah, even anchor text from backlinks clear out this confusion for the search engines.
    Smart point though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snak3 View Post
    nice point, but here is where on-page optimization would come into place that would let a Search engine decide whether its 'Penis land' or 'Pen Island' depending on keyword density, proximity and many other factors.
    And yeah, even anchor text from backlinks clear out this confusion for the search engines.
    Smart point though
    I'm thinking that this is mostly the case as you have described. But the search engines probably also use the number of keyword search queries. So you may still end up with "Penis Island". Especially if you don't have a lot of backlinks.

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