Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer to that question. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I find an decent answer. You should email the people at iPage as they probably can answer it..
They fail the radio test, and they're difficult to type; sorry, but I can't stand hyphenated domains...
While I agree that some hyphenated domains are great, and some show promise, to suggest that i-sales.com is more valuable than sales.com (by whomever) is pushing a bit too far..
Well managed companies perform extensive marketing research on product names and how they translate to internet addresses. The hyphen is missing in ipod for a reason..
As mentioned, hyphenated domains do well in searches. For that reason, and because of the scarcity of non-hyphenated dot coms, their popularity and value may dramatically improve in the next year or two...
They already have been.
I have been keeping a beady eye.
On hyphen sales for a few months now, dozens including sales of around $10,000 can be seen here.
I have a small handful myself but have never sold any yet..
I have quiet a fewbig fan.
I have some very good e-.
And I am making some good money on some other hyphens.
I have two with high hopes for both,.
A lot of people don't spell too well.
That Deutsche Telekom name is a public service, makes it easier to spell. I think a lot of 2 word longer names are _better_ done with a hyphen..
Another drawback: hyphenated domains will always leak traffic to the unhyphenated version...
Thankyou, theres the answer.....
This is, and always will be, the reason hyphens only work with strong brands...
In fact, initially hyphens were preferred when a iPage site needed to contain 2 words, the name looks cleaner and the URL more readable..
However, there is no-way round the radio test. In fact, just the other day, I had to spend an ugly amount of time telling my friend the URL that cool golf game "shot-online.com"....
Its shot, hyphen, online.com.................
You guys seem to only be focusing on domains that are meant to be branded and will rely on word-of-mouth advertising. There are lots of people who make great money optimizing for search engine traffic and by getting lots of backlinks. And having a good hyphenated keyword HostGator will definitely help achieve good rankings. At the end of the day, if I'm getting tons of traffic and making a good bit of money, I really don't care if the HostGator is the best looking HostGator in the world or passes a radio test.....