We’ve been working on the SEO for our new cruise deals site, bonvoyage.co.uk .
When we bought this domain back in 2008 we knew there was a USA holiday specialist bon-voyage.co.uk based in Southampton, but we were happy to use the domain as it’s a very different vertical within travel.
Studying the backlinks for bonvoyage.co.uk we discovered that we had incoming links from various sites that were meant for the hyphenated site. Here’s a few examples -
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a hyphenated domain is going to have these issues, it’s part of the reason they tend to be much cheaper. If anyone from bon-voyage.co.uk is reading this, you may want to drop a few emails and see if you can get any of the links corrected
Actually, if you are from bon-voyage.co.uk you may also want to check out these pages *cough* -
If you do run a site on a hyphenated domain, short term maybe check the backlinks to the non-hyphenated version and make sure they’ve not picked up any of your links by accident! Long term maybe try and get your hands on the non-hyph version?Tweet