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If I'm registering a two word domain in which the last letter of the first word, and the first letter of the second word are the same, is it better to drop usage of one of those letters?

Examples:

  • Nigel Lighting - nigellighting.com or nigelighting.com?

  • NYC Cheese - nyccheese.com or nycheese.com?

  • I've wondered this too and always came to the conclusion that making a special rule for this one case isn't a good idea. I wonder if anyone has evidence to the contrary. – DaveAlger Feb 9 '15 at 19:05
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Use the fully typed words

Don't drop the first letter off the second word just because it happens to match. Dropping the first letter of the second word implies a new one word trademark.

  • DirecTV

People usually type out the full words of things they are searching for as evidenced by this image which was captured from the DirecTV homepage...

directv

As a window washer I would rather use one of the following URLs instead of trying to educate the entire world to only type one W...

  • windowwasher.com

  • window-washer.com

Perhaps if you are a guy named Asher who cleans Windows and all the locals know you as "Window Asher" then dropping the second W makes sense...

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    I frequently wound up on the wrong page trying to go to paygoonline.com when the real url is paygonline.com. My brain and fingers type the full words and it takes training/editing to omit letters. – Nathan Rabe Feb 10 '15 at 14:17
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Like DaveAlger said, use the fully typed words.

I would however also consider getting both domains, and redirect one to the other, but using the fully typed one as the main. This makes it even easier for users and could prevent abuse.

  • +1 good suggestion. directtv.com redirects to their trademarked name – DaveAlger Apr 22 '15 at 17:24

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