Joined: 13 Feb 12
01 Sep 12 4:36 pm
I would recommend that you get 2 versions:
1. A *.net, or *.us or such
2. An identical one with hyphens
Hyphens make domain name phrases into discrete dictionary words, which may have better SEO value. For example, "newyorkclothes.us" is not a word. But "new-york-clothes'us" has 3 words.
However, my understanding is that this use of hyphens is less important to SEO than it once was - perhaps of no use these days. On the other hand, it can't hurt.
The reason to have 2 versions is that people won't remember to use the hyphens when they type in a domain name. So make the version without hyphens your main domain and "park" the other one with your hosting service so that it points to the main domain. In that way, both versions will go to your site and your visitors will see the unhyphenated version in their browser.
Hope this helps...