Daily Poll: Do You Own Hyphenated Domain Names?

In some countries, it seems like hyphenated domain names are more commonly seen and/or acceptable than here in the US. I occasionally see hyphenated domain names in use here, but it is not a regular occurrence. Because of this, I don’t recall owning hyphenated domain names.

There are investors who have no issues with owning hyphenated domain names. I am sure there have been some domain names with hyphens that have sold for solid amounts, too. With the limited usage and demand here in the US, I don’t even know if I would buy a great two word hyphenated .com domain name even if the price seemed reasonable.

Today’s poll question asks if you own domain names with hyphens:

Elliot Silver
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  1. A lot of my E.U clients prefer hyphen names. One of my favorite names that I traded a few years back was Photo-Tours.com
    There are a lot of opportunities with hyphenated names.

  2. Yes, I own a few. Even names with more than 1 hyphen… because I’m a German and especially Germans love hyphenated domains. Why? I just can guess (I don’t really like hyphenated names personally too) but it looks like that we need the hyphens as a visual split of the keywords for a name. Otherwise it seems hard to recognize the domain – at least for long tail keywords at a glance. So you can simply think about it like a whitespace. But because spaces are not allowed, we use the dash instead. I think that’s the most common reason for Germans (maybe Austrian people too) to use hyphens. Even the non-hyphenated name would be still available, it’s very likely that the hyphenated will be registered in ccTLD .DE and the domain without hyphens remains free. That’s how it works in Germany. You have to treat it completely opposite than in the US. Might be similar in other EU countries and their native languages as well. I just can speak for names in German language.

    BTW: That’s a funny question which will also be covered in a separate section in Michael Cygers DNAcademy.com course.

  3. I own hyphen in several extension. Had hyphen .net coming to renewal, so contacted my German friend and he said yes renew. I did it
    Hyphen better than backwards words

  4. I own hyphenated names that are commonly spelled that way – examples: three-dimensional, tug-of-war, re-financing, re-finance, geo-thermal, etc. . Yes – I’ve had buyer interest on several of them.

  5. I would say the value of a hyphenated .com is 1/4 the value of the one without. However only when sold together. I am saying this based off one deal I brokered where the hyphenated name went for $20K and the name without the hyphen went for $80K. I do not think I would have got the $100K deal done if I had just tried to sell only the one without the hyphen. Hope that makes sense.

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