How to Choose the Right Domain Name

First Site Guide runs a good article on how to choose the right domain name.  I mostly agree with it, except for maybe this part:

No numbers or hyphens
Numbers and hyphens (especially hyphens) cause confusion. Stay away from them at all costs. Even something as clever as the will cause confusion. Make the name speak for itself.

Especially the part about hyphens.  Ideally, I’d say you should use a single word domain.  But if you do have two or more words, use hyphens.  Hyphens act as separators, much like spaces, and make your domain more readable.  Have a look at these domains and imagine them hyphened – that’d be a totally different story, don’t you think?

It’s Official: Google Says More Searches Now On Mobile Than On Desktop

Search Engine Land reports:

Last year we heard informal statements from several Google employees that mobile search queries would probably overtake desktop queries some time this year. Google just confirmed this has now happened.

The company says that “more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the US and Japan.” The company declined to elaborate further on what the other countries were, how recently this change happened or what the relative volumes of PC and mobile search queries are now.


Google groups tablets with desktops. So this is just smartphones and does not include tablets.

There’s also an interesting misalignment of this report with some Comscore reports.