Is #3 in Google, is on Page 5

Every year I’m interested to see which domain names make it above-the-fold for competitive terms like Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Christmas. Now with a day to go before Christmas I found the following three sites in my top three on Google when searching for the word christmas:

  1. Wikipedia

Yes, wasn’t anywhere to be found on the first page, neither was, instead in the #3 spot is It has been known for a long time but this is another great example of how a dash doesn’t hurt you at all and at the end of the day good SEO can beat an exact-match name any day.


According to SEOMoz’s Open Site Explorer the site has roughly 1,500 backlinks coming from 393 different root domains.


Compare this to which has 4,372 links but only 546 backlinks which means a few sites are sending a massive amount of links…which Google isn’t crazy about. So even with more backlinks it doesn’t beat out which has higher quality backlinks, not by a lot, but by enough to make the difference.


As you can see, in the end ends-up with a page authority only two higher than but their SEO around the word Christmas coupled with higher quality backlinks seems to have made the difference.

I finally found on page 5 of Google below So if you thought buying an exact-match domain meant nice juicy ranking advantages, think again. Take a six maybe seven-figure domain and compare it to which was most-likely hand-registered. Yet is #3 in Google and is buried on page 5.

Of course I still love exact-match domains but it’s always important to remember that it’s what you do with the domain that really matters.

{ 8 comments… add one }

  • michael December 24, 2013, 2:45 pm

    The Christmas site is a little poorly created. Just looking at the URL’s
    Here is one:
    idea details instead of item details? But it should really look like this:

    It could easly be a page one site on Google if it was made better!

  • Site Name Marketing December 24, 2013, 6:32 pm

    Top of the page on Bing and Yahoo. In a very competitive and undoubtedly expensive SEO sector, I’ll take page 1, above the fold for 30% of internet searchers.

    Oh, and by the way, appreciate your blog most of the tme. Merry

  • Vin Jacques December 24, 2013, 7:41 pm

    Merry Christmas Morgan and Diana!

  • fizz December 24, 2013, 8:12 pm

    Don’t you consider to be an exact-match name Morgan?

  • arnold December 24, 2013, 11:17 pm top links are all paid or exploits fine blackhat work.

  • Mark Hershiser December 25, 2013, 11:04 am

    Merry Christmas Morgan…

    • Morgan December 26, 2013, 8:45 am

      Thanks @Mark – I hope you had a wonderful XMas!! 🙂

  • nobody December 31, 2013, 10:21 am

    So what does it have to do with domains? if they rank on result 1 does it really change anything regarding the value of a domain


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