What to use .com or .org?

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Hi all,

I just wanted a bit of feedback.

Firstly is there any legal stipulation around who can use the .org addresses in there domains. I say that because I believe there must be stipulation for a .gov address or similar addresses.

Or can anyone buy a .org address.

I also wanted to get some feed back on what people think of .org - to me it sounds more like a web address I can trust from an organization - but maybe that's just me.

I am in the process of putting a new ebook together and I am thinking about having one of my domains where I will personally promote it a .org address. I would also buy the .com address and have it forwarded to the .org address (if I am allowed to buy a .org)

Hopefully I have made myself clear.

Firstly, I wanted to know if any old person can get a .org address.

Secondly, what is everyone's impression of .org addresses in general?

Any feedback in general would be great - don't leave me hanging?
#internet marketing #org
  • Profile picture of the author richard-pc
    hi, I don't think there are any restrictions buying .org.

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    I suspect the entrepreneur behind this (Jonathan Jay) only took .org because .com was gone, and I know he has already achieve 10,000+ signups within just 3-4 months, so it clearly works (if the offer is strong enough, and your marketing is prolific).

    That said, I'm sure he would have gone with .com if it was available.
    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Most of your common consumers almost assume that dot com is part of
      the name of the site. So in that respect, dot com is really all you need.

      As far as getting a dot org address, there are no restrictions, but quite
      honestly, unless your site, product, service, whatever, lends itself to a
      dot org extension (such as a church site) then I wouldn't bother with it.
    • Profile picture of the author joecool1972
      Thanks for that Richard. I will check out that resource. I am still unsure as to which ones says the most authority. My gut tells me it is .org as I said if I get .org I will still get the .com as both are still available and I also always get the hyphened versions aswell. This is for a non internet marketing niche so I think joe public will treat .org as though it has more authority.

      But I have no experience of the .org or .com debate here and I am sure a study of this more have been done somewhere.
  • Profile picture of the author richard-pc
    Joe - John Reese says to always go with .com. No hyphens, no numbers and as simple and rememberable as possible.

    For example, a friend of mine has a site called MALSA - I always get this url wrong and I'm sure if I told 10 people about it, very few would remember it too.

    If his site was www.bathmartialarts.com I'm sure it would be more rememberable, and repeatable.
  • Profile picture of the author JeffersonB
    I would go for a .org if i had very very high content.

    .org instantly will make someone think the website is official i think, when i think of a .org i think of a education, govenment website or something similar.

    High content websites will work well, however i don't think a standard sales page kind of thing will convert as well.
    • Profile picture of the author sparrow
      the rankings lately are showing .org sites are getting ranked higher lately from the testing being done

      I guess Google is thinking if you have a .org site you must have better content

      many of the sites I see being ranked don't live up to a .org expectation and linking is not responsible for #1 ranking

      the latest site I studied was #1 with 3 links with a .org extension the second site had a .com with 1800 links plus and similar in content, then the #3 site .org and about 700 links

      I am seeing this trend more and more, not sure why but could be a minor shift in the algo of Google, it might change later once this gets exploited too much

      I also have seen some big named marketers shifting to .org lately quietly to maintain their rankings

      my cut is if both are available grab them both and test them out yourself if you can

  • Profile picture of the author Ephrils
    First, no legal restrictions are attached to a .org.

    I think .com is much more recognizable and will always be the first thing people try when looking for a web address. It also tends to make the site look a lot cleaner in it's URL unless you're talking abut real organizations like the Better Business Bureau or something.

    I have a website on the .org address but always wished I could have gotten the .com instead. Whenever possible I now get the .com address.
    • Profile picture of the author zeurois
      org sounds to me more like a free service or something non-profit.

      So I'd suggest .com

      - Peter
  • Profile picture of the author Amy Bass
    Honestly, .ORG is my favorite extension for my niche blogs. I usually put a lot of high quality original content and have seen great results with it.
  • Profile picture of the author jayden.fellze
    There are scores of instances where .org sites ar doing remarkably well.

    It all depends on the content on your pages.

    For the success of a website or blog, it is the content that matters, and not .com or .org ! If a site has good and useful content it would automatically rise in the ranking and popularity.
  • Profile picture of the author educationist09
    I dont think so that their are any restrictions on buying .org or .com for your doamin name. But it serves better for your own business if you buy domain name according to it. Customers will believe your business to be an organisation if you put it as abc.org. they will think it as a commerce site if you put it as .com. Buying an apt domain name proves good and beneficial for you and your company, nobody else.
  • Profile picture of the author Mike McBride
    Nothing against the last poster personally, but I just wish that before people post to a thread they would:

    1) look at the date of the OP;
    2) actually read the thread, not just the OP;
    3) determine if the OP has been adequately answered;
    4) refrain from posting to that old thread unless they have a new question in regard to it, or have new, more pertinent information to add.

    Digging up old threads, without anything new to add to them, just moves newer, more timely threads out of view faster.
  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    I use .org and .com exclusively. Both rank very high. In some cases, I've been able to beat .com's with my .orgs. In other cases, I've gone straight to the Google top 10.

    Don't ignore the .orgs. They are very well respected and ranked in Google.

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