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Let's say I am trying to register a domain name - dangerous to talk about before the fact, I know.

First off my purpose: I am creating a website to petition for changes to a state-controlled road inside of a city (yes, this is safe in my country.)

However, I want the website to be [verb][cityname].org. Sadly, the verb and city name I am using seem to start and end with the same character (an "e" for example).

Should I use [verb][cityname].org or [verb]-[cityname].org? It looks kind of awkward having two e's appear next to each other.

What might be the benefits of one over the other? Are there any statistics available on this matter?

  • Interesting question. I will let someone answer. But if I were to vote, I would vote to use the hyphen (-). – closetnoc Apr 25 '14 at 20:48
  • Why not capitalise it every time you use it e.g. www.UpgradeExampleTown.co.uk - I assume it is not a .com as you say it is safe to speak out in your country. :P – Steve Apr 25 '14 at 20:55
  • @user1833028: If you think using a dash is better for your users, use it. – Zistoloen Apr 26 '14 at 19:14
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    Why not register both? A .org isn't very expensive. You could then 301 to the canonical domain. As for which one to promote, I guess that would depend on your demographics and what they're used to seeing. – Daze Apr 28 '14 at 15:32
  • Alternately, check out the new TLDs -- there are lots already online, and more coming soon. – John Mueller Apr 30 '14 at 7:55
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You should probably register both, for the little amount that it costs, just incase, and then domain forward (or frame forward if you like) the other to your preferred version.

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I think using hyphen between is alright. You can arrange the verb and city name the way you like but by putting a hyphen between them make your SEO easy.

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