Is a short domain name better than a longer one=(usually free site domain)?

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I would like to know if a longer domain name like: my-name.com/webmaster-tools.htm (usually the free site urls) is totally ignored or not liked by the spider of the SE, and so n does not have a chance to even been seen? opposite to a much shorter domain like my-name.com? Yes? No?

Is it better to have a www.my-name.com url then?
What about if nothing short is available? I read that more than 3 words are seen as spam, yes? No?

And does a DASH or a PERIOD between 2 words, in a short domain name appear as a spam? Meaning, can 2 or more words in a url be separated by a dash or a point?

if they are not separated like www.myname.com does the spider distinguish that those are two different words?

I know that the answers to all the above might seem so obvious to some, but for me is still unclear and I have not found any answer yet

Please help!! :-)
Thanks a lot
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Donald

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the url doesn't reflect whether or not a site is recognized as spam. However, if a user sees the site as spam (based on the url, then they can report it to various services which will harm your ranking). The content is often what determines if a site is spam. Spam sites generally have many trojan horses leading to the site (click here for free SEO tips - and you go to a site to apply for a credit card for example). Another thing that recognizes a site as spam are sites using the Black Hat and other malicious SEO methods such as including keywords by entering them as text on your page to blend in to the page so the user can't see them. This kind of stuff will get the search engine spiders to recognize a site as spam! :)
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Thanks Donald
Finally I understand
But also, on the other hand, why the SEO tools recommend that you mention at least once or twice in the body content (lets say a blog) one or two of your main keywords?
Is that the same or is this a different case?
Also, about domain names, do you know if two site like www.easy-recipes.com or www.recipes-easy.com are the same for what the key word search regards? or is one better than the other, (the first one?)
Thanks
Anna
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Hello Anna,

Choosing a domain name is very important and should be considered carefully. Your domain name is something that you will want to broadcast to the world.

Here are some things you should consider when choosing a domain name:

1. Consider the length of the domain name you choose. Will people be able to remember it or easily type it in when searching for your website?

2. Consider using your business name for your URL (domain name) as long as your business name isn't Schufengachemigen Inc., who could ever remember schufengachemigen.com? If your business name has been taken by another website consider part of your business name plus a general keyword that describes what you offer.

3. Consider using a general keyword plus another word tacked onto the end.

4. Consider very carefully the use of multiple hyphens in a domain name and avoid if possible. Hyphenating keywords in a domain name such as travel-south-america-easy-free.com does not promote credibility, appears spam-like and is difficult to type.

I hope this helps a bit!

Emmy