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Questions tagged [domains]

Domains are hostnames that identify Internet Protocol (IP) resources such as web sites. They provide a human-friendly, easily recognizable and memorizable names to numerically addressed Internet resources.

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Will having multiple domains improve my seo?

Lets say I have a domain already, for example www.automobile4u.com (not mine), with a website fully running and all. The title of my "Website" says: <title>Used cars - buy and sell your used ...
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How do I rename a domain and preserve PageRank?

As part of graduating from Area51 and becoming a full fledged site we sometimes change domain names from http://topic.stackexchange.com to http://example.com. Aside from the obvious 301 redirect rules ...
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Is it better to put hyphens in a domain name?

Both in terms of SEO and user friendliness, is it better to put hyphens in a multi-words domain name or not ? For example, is www.stackoverflow.com better than www.stack-overflow.com ?
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Who is a great domain registrar company? [closed]

I have used numerous domain registrars in the past, including Godaddy, 1&1, Host Monster, IX web Hosting, the list goes on. (not talking about hosting) I currently use GoDaddy, however, I'm not ...
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Does server location or TLD affects SEO

I have heard(read) SEO experts who claims that you server position will affect your SEO. In the latest example it was about an international site targeting the Russian market so: Does the server ...
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Should I include “www” in my website's URLs? What are the pros and cons?

What are the pros and cons of having http://www.example.com/ vs http://example.com/? For example a problem I'm aware of is that if I use a domain without www I can't set a cookie for the current ...
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Where is the line drawn with domain names which include a trademark?

A search on google for "iphone developer" turns up loads of websites which have "iphone" in them, a trademarked name by Apple. So I'm led to believe that having a domain such as iphonedeveloper.com ...
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When should I not use .com as a generic top-level domain? (.com vs .net, .org, etc.)

I've noticed .com is the standard top-level domain, but when should I not use .com? What are the most common alternatives? If someone has foo.com registered, should I choose a different domain or ...
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Providing fake info during domain registration - does it matter?

As you are all most likely aware already all domain registrars ask for your personal information. Such personal information includes: Forename and surname Address information Email address ...
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How important is the domain name for SEO

Most people advice to buy a domain name that exactly matches your main business field. For example if you sell computers the best one will probably be computers.com but with millions(maybe billions) ...
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Preserve search engine rankings while shifting to new domain name

We have to shift our web-site to a new domain due to some unavoidable circumstances. The portal has been up and running there since 2009. It has good index in various search engines and we are ...
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GoDaddy's 301 redirect/forwarding has some weird random middleman URL, kills link juice?

I'm trying to use GoDaddy's 301 redirect, which is named as domain forwarding. I set up forwarding DomainA.example to DomainB.example as 301 "type". I noticed DomainA.example is still indexed in ...
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How can I buy a domain that has already been registered?

I want to buy a domain name, but it has already been registered and I am unable to find any contact information for the owner on the site. How can I contact the domain's owner to inquire about buying ...
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Local TLD vs. .com and .com/nl vs .nl

I basically have 2 questions about local TLD vs .com. First question: There already exists a website "keyword.nl" with a crappy website, no SEO optimisation. Is it possible for a website "keyword.com"...
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How to host a single website on multiple servers?

I'm planning on releasing an iOS app that downloads video from my server. If hundreds of people on the launch day try to do this, then my website and the services that my server provides will clearly ...
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SEO International Websites usage of sub domains and ccTLD domains

Is it better to have separate country specific domains (which costs more money) or sub domains which define the country, for better SEO? e.g. example.com example.com.au example.co.uk vs example....
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Advantages of country TLD vs. .com

I want to get a domain for my site. The site's topic would be about Vienna, but the content will be in English. I was thinking, if I should get .com domain or .at domain. .at is both much cheaper ...
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Purchasing a Domain from a Domain Squatter

A few years ago, I purchased a .org domain. Presumably, the .com version was taken by a domain squatter because it was registered the day after I registered it and it only hosts one of those typical ...
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Parallel website running a copy of my original website

We have been working on a gaming website. Recently while making note of the major traffic sources, I noticed a website that I found to be a carbon-copy of our website. It uses our logo, and everything ...
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When does a domain name really expire before someone else can register it?

I've Googled but haven't really found an answer. When does a domain name really expire before someone else can register it? Is this set by the domain registrar? I've seen someone mention 75, 30, 45 ...
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Domain name benefit in SEO

I have read so many posts here but no one is able to give me satisfied answer. My main question : Is domain name related to my pages content can help me to boost SEO fast? For ex: If I will have ...
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Any evidence that subdomain can help with domain authority and vice-versa?

Many articles about subdomain vs subfolders report that subdomains can help with the domain authority of the parent domain and vice versa (I am assuming one owns both domain names). Yet, I cannot find ...
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How hard is to be the anonymous owner of a website?

I'd like to create a website with a very radical political message. It won't be unethical (encouraging violence, etc) but I feel the points I plan to list in it will definitely make me a lot of ...
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How can URLs have a dot . at the end, e.g. www.bla.de.?

I never believed URLs could have a period at the end, as in www.google.de. (which obvious is not working). However, www.youtu.be. is working perfectly well. How did they manage that?
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How do you calculate exacty when a domain in pending delete status will become available?

A domain I want is in the "pendingDelete" stage according to WHOIS. I have been monitoring it since "redemptionPeriod", and it entered into pendingDelete five days ago today. After checking a few ...
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Why isn't a newly purchased domain showing up in Google searches?

The domain ... http://trello.com ... was purchased a few months ago and is now live as of a week or so ago -- and has been linked from several prominent places on the web -- but searching for the ...
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Concerns regarding registering a domain name with a home address

If I purchase a domain, I'm usually required to enter an address. Usually, the address can be accessed publicly by any sort of WHOIS lookup. I'm uncomfortable publishing my real home address; what do ...
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Subdomains vs. subdirectory – status as of 2012. [duplicate]

This following question by Jeff was in 2010 and I wanted to check how things have changed in the past 2 years. My problem: I run a site with most of the content distributed to subdomains that’s are ...
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Domain forwarding (GoDaddy) - Forward only / Forward with masking

I am trying to configure my domain to forward to my app engine application. For the forwarding I can choose from "forward only" and "forward with masking". Assume my domain is called "myDomain.com" ...
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How bad would it be to use a ccTLD domain on a website targeted to another country?

I'm currently working on a website targeted mainly towards Japan (all content is in Japanese). This website's domain is registered as another country's ccTLD (in this case, Belgium's .be domain) as ...
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What is the best way to redirect my naked domain?

I have example.com, which points to web server using A records, I want to redirect all traffic from www.example.com to example.com. As far as i know these are methods, 301 HTML redirect from www to ...
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How do you view domain whois history?

I know its possible to view the current whois information on a domain by doing: whois example.com However this is not what I need, I need to view the history of WHOIS for previous owners and other ...
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Block a random domain pointing at my dedicated IP

I have a random domain name which has it's A record going to my dedicated IP. Therefore duplicating content. Is there a way I can disable the domain at IP level maybe in iptables? I have a .htaccess ...
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Is it possible to transfer a domain without a “gap” in Whois privacy protection?

I currently own several domains on which I am using a Whois privacy protection service to hide my personal details. In the near future, I would like to transfer some of these domains to a different ...
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Short brandable domain vs. long keyword domain

I need a counsel about my websites' domain. Let's say I have just bought two domains: xyz.com and xyzphotography.com. As we can see, the first one is shorter but way less meaningful than the second ...
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In general, does the TLD matter for SEO?

I have to choose between my keyword + an uncommon TLD and my keyword with a prefix/suffix + .com. In general, is there a difference for SEO? I think some TLDs like .co are confirmed to rank lower. ...
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When does an expired domain become available for others to register?

I'm trying to purchase a domain name that was registered and apparently already expired. This is its status: Status: clientHold http://www.icann.org/epp#clientHold Status: clientTransferProhibited ...
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SEO and multiple domains to same site

I have one website. I have two domain names that I want to point to the same site install. So whether you go to name-one.com or name-two.com you see the exact same site. Now, I can either set up ...
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Moving site from its own domain to sub directory or subdomain - updating Webmaster Tools

Is it possible to tell Google's Webmaster Tools that our site hosted on www. has moved to a sub folder or perhaps even a subdomain? I know this is possible by using 301's but would appreciate if ...
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When, if ever, and how, would Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc will add the new gTLD to their search results?

New domain names like .photos .gallery .repair etc are being released every month. I tried running a generic search for some things, and I could not find any of those in the results. Any idea if ...
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How to have domain point to github pages?

So I have a domain registered with 1&1 and I recently decided to create my website using GitHub pages. I added as GitHub told me to, but how can I make my domain point to my GitHub page?
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What are the best SEO practices when changing domain names?

I'm using the Yoast SEO plugin on a WordPress site on a new, more memorable domain to replace an old static HTML site with no SEO. I've followed Google's documentation for moving a site, set up 301 ...
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Should I set up standard email accounts? What are they?

A long time ago one used to be able to count on domains having addresses like webmaster@example.com, postmaster@example.com, or abuse@example.com ... is this convention dead? Note: I always try to ...
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What are the steps to ensure that if you die, your hosting & domain will live on?

Assuming you are micro independent software vendor (MISV) or one man web shop (OMWS), how do you reduce your Bus Factor? In my specific case, I'm supporting a few websites that takes me a few minutes ...
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What is the safest way to search for domain names availability?

I am victim of Domain name front running. I searched for domain names on some sites & I lost those names soon. Now, what is the safest way to search for availability of domain names ? Using ...
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What is the advantage to hosting static resources on a separate domain?

I notice a lot of sites host their resources on a separate domain from the main site, e.g. StackExchange using sstatic.net, Barnes & Noble using imagesbn.com, etc. I understand that there are ...
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Should I have both example.com and www.example.com?

I used to have a website which could be addressed by both example.com and www.example.com leading to the same page. Now, I moved to another server and only the example.com works. I got an email from ...
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I registered a domain name — how can I point it to my DynDNS host?

How can I host a website from my home machine? I have a DynDNS address so that even if my external IP changes, the machine is accessible. Lets say, for example, the machine is accessible at example....
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Is it a bad idea to use a domain hack for my personal website name?

I want to create a personal webpage for info about myself (potentially for employment or other contact purposes), but the .com extension for my intended name is already taken. The name I want ends in ...
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Somebody registered a global top level domain and pointed it to my site, should I be concerned?

A friend runs a website with a name like "BlackAndBlueToday.com" (not real name). Recently, she received an email that read like this: "We recently registered the domain name BlackAndBlue.Today then ...