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    Default Are numbers in a domain name unattractive to businesses?

    Let's say I have a business that helps other businesses. If my website's domain name is something like "help4you". Is that unattractive or off-putting to businesses?

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    I don't think numbers in a domain name are necessarily off putting, but a domain name like "help4you" will take a bit more marketing to make sure that people remember it. People won't naturally type in a number, they would probably be more likely to type in "helpforyou". So, you need to do a bit more to make sure the URL with the number sticks in people's minds.

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    I think the biggest issue would be a competing site called helpforyou. Even if there are not in the same line of work, you would still need to over come people mistaking the name.
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    Thanks for the info guys. I think I'm going to put a little more effort into my domain name now.

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    If you are going to get the name with a 4 in it, make sure to purchase the domain with the "4" and "for" and even perhaps "four".
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    I think its a bit off-putting. It seems cheap. The trouble these days is getting a good, reputable domain name for a decent price. It also depends on your target market. Web savvy folks would see it as off-putting, someone who isn't web savvy may not mind it just like they don't mind a cheap looking website.

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    I had a domain with a number in it, "1st" and it was a bad idea. Besides all of the other reasons about avoiding numbers, the biggest pain was that I had to explain every single time that I gave me email to someone that it was "1st" and not "first", especially over the phone, and that made me hate the domain for years. I finally changed it.

    Yeah, my name now is not very "traditional", but it's much easier. 6 letters. Although I do still have to tell some people that "it's just .it. It's not .it.com. There is no '.it.com'. Stop trying to add .com to it".

    There's always something. You could have "money.com" and someone would still get it wrong or overthink it.
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    Does it create any search engine issues in the US for using an Italian TLD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by billbenson View Post
    Does it create any search engine issues in the US for using an Italian TLD?
    Nope.
    It's sitemap and ownership verification are submitted to Google.com and Bing.com, not Google.it or Bing.it.
    Also, it's written in English. Domain registered from a US address. Any links to it are from English written, mostly US based websites.

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    Something to be aware of. I pretty much only sell to the US or a US freight forwarder if there is enough money in it. If I get an email from an .it TLD or other international I will only open the email after I have gone through all my domestic emails and phone calls. A lot of those never get opened if I'm busy. Just FYI

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