Q: With the EMD, does that mean you can use keywords if you have some other words in the domain also?
The EMD update rolled out over a year ago, and penalized ‘thin’ websites that were exact match domains for commercial keywords. Payday loans was used as an example. So if your website was http://www.paydayloan.com/ and the search query was ‘pay day loan’ and your website was ‘thin’ (not a lot of content, not good social signals like Google+), then you were penalized.
So in answer to your question: yes, just make sure that you have logical keywords and spit those words back to Google in good quality, well-written content.
However, if you follow the principles of SEO that I teach in my SEO classes and courses, then you would create robust content, create social signals and links, and you’d be fine. The EMD penalty only penalizes ‘thin’ or content-light websites, not ones that work hard at producing serious content. In that case, having a domain that contains keywords clearly helps!
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