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>>>>> hyphenated .co.uk OR unhyphenated .org.uk ???

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  1. Lucky Luke United Kingdom

    Lucky Luke Active Member

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    hyphenated .co.uk OR unhyphenated .org.uk ???

    Which would you go for?

    The domain name itself will influence the choice, so please say what types of names are better with .co.uk but with hyphen and what types are better with .org.uk but with no hyphen.

    Thanks,

    Luke
     
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    For resale or development?

    For resale, I'd say hyphenated .co.uk is going to be slightly more valuable, for development then unhyphenated .org.uk probably has the edge (with Google) at present.

    Ty
     
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    Most of the time I would go for .co.uk with (1) hyphen ahead of the .org.uk

    However if the site topic seemed to suit .org.uk then I would go for that.

    Examples of when I would go .org.uk

    • Something in the legal field.
    • Any community / forum type site.

    Ranking wise I haven't seen a strong difference but think I get better Click thru rate with a .co.uk
     
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    I've sold a few hyphenated .co.uk domains over the years, but I've never sold one of my (few) .org.uk domains.
     
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    Seems obvious but It depends on the domain and the designated use.
     
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    in search engines def org.uk with no hyphen, for branding/resale then co.uk
     
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    Thanks guys - very helpful replies indeed.

    Cheers, Luke
     
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    I totally agree with you.
     
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    Surprised by that Rob, as have never had a problem ranking hyphenated domain names. Do you find the opposite?

    Except in few instances when a .org.uk is being used for its intended purpose, I would always choose a .co.uk - even if it means one hyphen. I think .org.uk domains when used commercially have a fly by night look to them.
     
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    I can understand the "feeling" - but is it just a feeling?

    If you're selling a domain alone, then it makes sense - but is that only the "feelings" of the purchasers?

    If you're selling an active site on its earnings, surely the only thing that could make the .co more attractive would be better SEO work - and that has to be maintained.
     
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    It's obviously only my opinion, but the vast majority of internet users are not online as much as us - and as such think primarily in terms of .com annd .co.uk domain names for online shopping. Most have never even heard of .org.uk and are as likely to confuse it with .org and .co.uk. So I disagree with you. Thanks to its wide acceptance, a .co.uk is more attractive full stop.

    I think anyone trading as .me.uk or .org.uk is at a distinct disadvantage - partly because of fly by night perceptions (and I'm certainly not alone in this) and partly because of leakage when return visitors just assume they want to go back to XXXX.co.uk instead of XXX.me.uk.

    You wouldn't seriously expect a household name to build a site around a .org.uk and let another company trade as the .co.uk - so why the lower standards for yourself?

    Your own argument could equally apply to XXX-XXXX-XXX-XXX.co.uk as to .org.uk in terms of valuing a name on earnings.

    The future potential of a site cannot correctly be based purely on past earnings - that's true of all investments. And for me personally I would value a hyphenated .co.uk higher than a .org.uk in nearly all instances with everything else being equal.
     
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