How important for SEO is having "Seattle" in the name of a Seattle-based company/web site?
Im on the fence as to whether to have a name that's geared toward the local market (like Seattle Airsoft) or a national market (American Airsoft). The seattle geared name would be great for the seattle market in terms of search relevance, but if I wanted to expand nationally at some point id have to change the name and start over....but then if I did choose a name that I could use nationwide, without the word seattle in it, would it be less ideal for SEO in the seattle market?
You can help by telling me if not having "seattle" in the name/domain name is really a big deal with my situation (virtually no competition in the seattle airsoft market!). Could a name without "seattle" in it be just as dominant as one with? Because lately Ive also heard that Google just takes the location listed in a business's Google Local Places page and uses that for relevance. So like if my domain is "ViperIndoorAirsoft.com" and my address is in the seattle area, when someone searches "Seattle indoor airsoft" Ill pop up in the results because of the combination of the keywords and the Places location.