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Hyphenated domains names can be slighltly more difficult to explain, may not look as well on headed paper and possibly harder to establish as a brand name. There's no shortage of multiple word domains.
The single biggest advantage a hyphenated domain has is that searche engines can "read" domain more easily. For example in a domain like www.foreignholidaysonline.com search engine can only read first word "foreign" and that's it. It can't tell anything else about website domain name.
If you hyphenated that to www.foreign-holidays-online.com search engine can read "foreign", "holidays" and "online" as separate words and therefore knows that this website is about foreign holidays.
A well chosen hyphenated domain name can be just as effective as a single word domain name.
#4 Your Domain Registrar These are people you pay to register domain for you. There are dozens if not hundreds of these companies out there so which one do you choose? This takes some research but things worth checking are:
* Do you retain sole ownership of domain or do registrar keep some level of control over it?
* Search Google for any horror stories relating to registrar
* Does registrar allow you to transfer domain to another registrar?
* Is there an online control panel for domain administration?
* How easy is it to change domain Name Servers?
Shop around for domain registrars. What you really want to find is a previously satisfied customer to ask questions before you buy.
#5 Cheap Domain Names You can save a lot of money on domain names you purchase. A typical .com domain costs about $15 to register from most registrars. However you can get same domain for as little as $7.95 from other, very reliable, companies.
Oddly enough some of cheaper domain registrars are more reliable, have fewer horror stories and offer equally good customer service as their more expensive competitors.
Are there any disadvantages in using a discount domain registrar? Will it affect your website in any way? The answer to both is a definite No.
If you'd like more information on choosing and setting up your domain name then visit http://www.affiliate-advocate.com for our Domain Guide.
Affiliate Advocate is run by Niall Roche. The site offers reviews of affiliate marketing ebooks and software as well as advice and tips for new and existing affiliate marketers.