Domaining’s dead. And so is the traffic to your websites, if you’ve been depending on keywords in the domain url for your SEO.**
It was shocking, but there were people and companies in the past that paid $17 million dollars for a domain name even though you and I can buy them for as little as $10. However, there was an SEO GREAT REASON for it. Google USED to care & give value for the keywords in your domain url.
I have a website called AlmostFreePhone.com which I’ve had for close to 4 years. It was a horribly designed blog which had a lot of google adsense ads in it and I just didn’t have time to ever monetize it. I didn’t even SEO beyond the keyword value in the domain name which was enough for over 3 years. It was getting about 100 visitors a day (mostly from India). It was ranking VERY HIGH for lots of keyword phrases as well related to “free phone.” However, I noticed recently it’s been dropping out of the sky for all those keywords. On top of that, a big client of mine started dropping as well for some keyword phrases that were in his domain name. He was a little worried about the significant ranking drops despite that fact that his year over year traffic was still great due to our SEO and he was getting lots of great traffic from all the other keywords we helped him optimized. However, we just found out that he’s no longer getting that keyword value from his domain name.
**Also, when trying to find a great picture for the post, I looked up “godaddy” in google images. You should check out the images. It makes godaddy look like almost a porn site. Are godaddy’s owners all about female exploitation? That’s probably another reason why they charge more than my old faithful Namecheap.