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Old May 30th, 2009, 09:45 PM   #16
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I would strongly suggest you not use the name of another company even if they are far away. This world is small, and it is good to not make enimies before you make friends. :-)
Actually, this world is very, very large and the odds of finding a company name that does not already exist are very small. A few months ago someone posted here how they worked very hard to make sure their company name was unique, and I found three other companies with the same exact name after only a minute of googling.
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Old May 31st, 2009, 12:29 AM   #17
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Your business name doesn't have to be the same as your URL.
No - it doesn't. But the way you've arranged your brand essentially does the same thing. By having your wedding division have the same name as your url you've tied it all together into a brand people can remember and spell. Also, search engines take into account the url name first, then the header, followed by the keywords and lastly the meta data so having the url tie into your header which is repeated in your text is all good. The only thing that I'm not in favor of is having any other characters in the url that aren't letters only because It isn't going to be the first way a prospective client tries to find you, though there is the thinking that google doesn't 'see' the dash and vertical bar (pipe) characters so they don't hurt your ranking.
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Old May 31st, 2009, 06:43 AM   #18
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I would strongly suggest you not use the name of another company even if they are far away. This world is small, and it is good to not make enimies before you make friends. :-)

For example, I wouldnt' dream of taking "Stillmotion.com" (or similar) because there already is a stillmotion and there is none like them.

Make it easy to remember and easy to search. If the company name is also in the URL then it makes it more SEO friendly. I like the fantasy and your moment ones.

I opted for a very generic company name so that it could include corp work as well. So far, no corp work.... but I'm working to build that. :-)
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Old June 1st, 2009, 12:10 PM   #19
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hey folks thank you all for the great insight into this issue. I really appreciate it.

I have decided for the moment to go with "david schuurman wedding cinema" and use my own name as my brand.
what doyou think would be a better URL? dsweddings.com? dsweddingcinema.com? or dsweddingfilms.com?

will there be a search engine advantage of one over the other?

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Old June 1st, 2009, 12:17 PM   #20
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hey folks thank you all for the great insight into this issue. I really appreciate it.

I have decided for the moment to go with "david schuurman wedding cinema" and use my own name as my brand.
what doyou think would be a better URL? dsweddings.com? dsweddingcinema.com? or dsweddingfilms.com?

will there be a search engine advantage of one over the other?

thanks
There might be, but it is hard to say what that advantage might be. Google is very secretive about their algorithm. :-)

I personally like either of the last two because possible search phrases are in the URL.
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Old June 1st, 2009, 10:47 PM   #21
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will there be a search engine advantage of one over the other?
Yes. Domains that have popular search terms in them will generally rank higher. For example, "dsweddingvideo.com" would generally rank higher than "dsweddingcinema.com" when people search for "wedding video". Vise-versa when searching for "wedding cinema". However, more people would search "video" rather than "cinema".

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There might be, but it is hard to say what that advantage might be. Google is very secretive about their algorithm.
Google is quite transparent about their search criteria. You can find out more here: www.google.com/webmasters/tools/
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Old June 1st, 2009, 11:56 PM   #22
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so I suppose it would be a good idea to register both URL's so I can get the "wedding cinema" on my card, and get the search engine rankings for wedding video?
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