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First question I have is Did you list my two iPage web sites? Thanks in advance for any answer. Second question of mine... I have some i-'s and e-'s offered to me between 1000 and 3000 USD. Now these aren't average ones, but good ones, like i-sales.com..

I know they are hyphenated, but they are best positioned hyphens, not in the middle of a HostGator name. They potentially add value to a name..

"i-" I believe is popular in Asia. And i-/e- names in general are showing a resurgence from a brief lull, I think this is reflective of hyphens in general which seem to be gaining more acceptance. Why? Because all the "good" simple names finished long ago, and these hyphenated names (at least the good ones) were registered back in the late 90's!!!.

I believe that investing now in hyphenated names (or at least the "good" ones) is a sound investment that will pay off with greater returns (i.e. you will get more back on your initial investment) than non-hyphenated names in the short mid and long term..

Coupled with users familiarity with the internet (and comfort in using a hyphen) these will soon be seen as just as normal as non-hyphenated names. In some cases easier (i.e. cheap-sales rather than cheapsales).

This is the "Revenge of the Hyphens". And it's coming..

Invest now whilst you can. You have been warned!..

Comments (9)

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..

Comment #1

They fail the radio test, and they're difficult to type; sorry, but I can't stand hyphenated domains...

Comment #2

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...

Comment #3

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.

Http://www.namepros.com/domain-name-...ht=hyphen+sale.

I have a small handful myself but have never sold any yet..

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Comment #4

I have quiet a fewbig fan.

I have some very good e-.

E-401k.com.

E-appraised.com.

E-voices.com.

E-auditors.com.

E-mailmessages.com.

And I am making some good money on some other hyphens.

Love em..

Comment #5

I have two with high hopes for both,.

Wireless-buys.com.

Philadelphia-casino.comcoming soon..

Comment #6

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..

Comment #7

Another drawback: hyphenated domains will always leak traffic to the unhyphenated version...

Comment #8

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.................

Comment #9

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.....

Comment #10


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.