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Is "・" between words widely used in Japan?

It would prob be good for SEO but would you recommend registering taken keywords with this in between" ?

"・ " The dot in the air - not a period.
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Re: Is "・" between words widely used in Japan?

Also,・is commonly used to separate the Personal and Family names of foreigners.
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Re: Is "・" between words widely used in Japan?

Is this the dot you are referring to ∙.com
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Re: Is "・" between words widely used in Japan?

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Is this the dot you are referring to ∙.com
I'm not sure...... it's the actual one i had pasted that was found in some japanese sites that seperate some keywords with a ・ .

The "・" is exactly how i found it on the japanese websites.
I'm wondering if google will use this as a hypthen.
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Re: Is "・" between words widely used in Japan?

This was asked a while ago. I wish I could find the thread.

The conclusion was that it's sometimes used in Katakana if the terms aren't that familiar, to indicate the end of each term.

I would imagine it would be great for SEO, but you won't see much type-in.
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Re: Is "・" between words widely used in Japan?

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This was asked a while ago. I wish I could find the thread.

The conclusion was that it's sometimes used in Katakana if the terms aren't that familiar, to indicate the end of each term.

I would imagine it would be great for SEO, but you won't see much type-in.
Yea I know it was posted some time before but it seems like an important issue to look at again.

It seems like it is used offline but in google it doesn't seem like good keywords have them in the middle
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Re: Is "・" between words widely used in Japan?

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Also,・is commonly used to separate the Personal and Family names of foreigners.
Yes, that's right.

Japanese wouldn't understand how to read unfamiliar names if they ran-together.

But for common Katakana compound terms, like カントリークラブ, it wouldn't be needed.
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Re: Is "・" between words widely used in Japan?

I was researching this yesterday, it seems that it is indeed good for SEO at least as far as google is concerned.
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Re: Is "・" between words widely used in Japan?

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I was researching this yesterday, it seems that it is indeed good for SEO at least as far as google is concerned.
got any examples on this? It is too early to tell regarding IDN's as i really haven't seen any keywords with dots coming up.
and when i put the dot in without anything around it google doesn't even show it so perhaps it also means "space"? and not a period?

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Yes, that's right.

Japanese wouldn't understand how to read unfamiliar names if they ran-together.

But for common Katakana compound terms, like カントリークラブ, it wouldn't be needed.
i guess most popular words wouldn't need the dot then... probably just first names/last names which aren't used commonly.
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Re: Is "・" between words widely used in Japan?

I would highly advise not registering domains with the dots in the middle.
If you have the money to spare in case for some reason Japanese people start a new trend using the dot in the middle of domains be my guest.
Can't say it won't happen but I'm sure it's going to be a long wait for return on your investment.
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Re: Is "・" between words widely used in Japan?

Google will treat hyphen as a space, but would it treat the japanese dot as a space? It will take some research to find out. And btw, i doubt japanese type with space in the middle into the search engine, if it's the same as chinese where people type keywords without spacing.
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Re: Is "・" between words widely used in Japan?

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Google will treat hyphen as a space, but would it treat the japanese dot as a space? It will take some research to find out. And btw, i doubt japanese type with space in the middle into the search engine, if it's the same as chinese where people type keywords without spacing.
You said earlier that if we don't put the dot between keywords then it is worthless? or is that just for names that are not familiar?

Like many words such as newspaper subscription etc would be commonplace and wouldn't need the dot..... Many of us registered the good keywords a long time ago without the .'s so hopefully we didn't waste our money.
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Re: Is "・" between words widely used in Japan?

Only do this if you have exceptional combinations. I have got a couple, but by definition we are talking two word combos, and at best hypenated two words combos so the upside is likely to be limited. Having said that I couldn't resist:

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Re: Is "・" between words widely used in Japan?

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You said earlier that if we don't put the dot between keywords then it is worthless? or is that just for names that are not familiar?

Like many words such as newspaper subscription etc would be commonplace and wouldn't need the dot..... Many of us registered the good keywords a long time ago without the .'s so hopefully we didn't waste our money.

I can't remember saying that, maybe i said that hyphenated 2-word english terms are better for SEO, e.g. credit-card.com. But Japanese words are always continuous, so this logic won't apply.
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