I like breaking up words, but do Search Engine?
I like dashes in domain names, and in other parts of URLs, because for me it makes them more readable. But I'm not sure search engines feel the same way.
Here's a story...
In the early days Experts Exchange had the domain expertsexchange.com - obvious right?
Well, not so, said their hosting provider, who banned certain words in domains. In this case the domain name can read "Experts Exchange", but unfortunately it also reads "Expert Sex Change" - Ooops!
The host banned the name because it had the word "sex" in it, and the they went with experts-exchange.com.
Today, if you go and look for expertsexchange.com, it is nothing but a spam site. (A shame that the guys at Experts Exchange let that happen.)
Funnily enough, if you are looking for an "expert sex change" in Google - the top listing is the Wikipedia page on "Experts Exchange".
How do Search Engines do it?
So I wonder how the search engine know where to break the words. I guess they have to use content to clarify where there is ambiguity. Does anyone here know?
Perhaps you have some quote from Matt Cutts?
There's lots of other oops domain names too (many now abandoned)...
Psychotherapist Kate Burns' website - kateburnstherapist.com (Kate burns the rapist?)
Spanish travel site - choosespain.com (Chooses pain?)
And the company Dickson - dicksonweb.com
Or Web One - webone.com.au
Do you know other "oops" domains?