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I have a site, Tanksmith.io, which gets searched a quite a bit. The two most common queries are: tanksmith io and tanksmith.io (the latter being more correct since it contains the dot).

However the first query, tanksmith io, results in my page being ranked second to a site that embeds it. Whereas the second query, tanksmith.io, correctly results in it being ranked first. See the screenshots below.

"tanksmith io" "tanksmith.io"

Is there possibly a way to be in first position for both queries (with and without the dot)? For example, would changing the meta tags or settings in Search Console help?

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If there is not much competition then it shouldn't be hard to have the first position for both queries.

Important: Having said that, you can't control search engine and even if you may get position 1 for both queries it may change over time.

You may do the following:

  • Have both of those phrases in your meta title and description. Talk about the same on the page.
  • Try and build natural links for both of those keywords (Anchor text, point the link back to your site).
  • Use social media to link the domain and talk about those phrases.
  • Any additional link building should help.

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