Viral Site : Does Domain Extension Important?

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I am planning to make a viral site which might have a countries extension.

Example : .IN (india) or .UK (united kingdom)

The reason is that the domain name I chose has something to do with the extension> I am using word that will be completed with the extensions letter.

Will this be a problem for search engine? I mean if I chose .IN does that mean it will make Google to read as it is an Indian site. I am very much confused. Please help.

Or should I go with .org extension. I have never seen any other domain extension other that .com or .net in Google Search.
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  • Profile picture of the author MarcoYandun
    If you want to make a commercial website it is better to choose a .com one. People are used to websites with this extension, even if you are doing for localized businesses.
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  • Profile picture of the author ichthyander
    I want to make a viral website with viral posts like : "How Government is fooling us about Marijuana" . The domain name I chose is like : viralbook.in
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      WHERE is your target market?

      If in the general area of India, it's fine. If you are targeting U.S. (as most here seem to be doing) the .in isn't a good idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author ichthyander
    As it is a viral site I will be get my traffic scatterly but I want to get traffic from Tier 1 countries like US,UK,CA,DE
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    • Profile picture of the author professorrosado
      I am not 100% sure, but some countries restrict their extensions for use by citizens and companies in country. Might want to check before you purchase even though it is offered by your domain host.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Lee
      Originally Posted by ichthyander View Post

      As it is a viral site I will be get my traffic scatterly but I want to get traffic from Tier 1 countries like US,UK,CA,DE
      If India is not your target demographic, then just use a .com and not a .in.

      And "viral sites" like diply, distractify, etc don't get much search traffic. 90% is paid facebook traffic. So if that's the type of viral site you're looking to make, then domain extension doesn't really matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author heruma
    I assume when you said Viral, it means people are sharing it in their social media site like facebook, IG, twitter and so on.

    How are you going to drive traffic to your site?

    If you are going to use paid traffic, it doesn't really matter.
    (just look at the viral site in facebook, most of it do not have dot com)

    If you are relying on search engine, it might present a problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author Xochitl Shat
    At the outset of your business, you shouldn’t just be thinking about the name of your business—you should be thinking about the name of your eventual website domain as well.
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  • I'm no pro but I think a majority of viral sites rely on social and paid traffic. If you're not looking to rank, use any extension you want. The catchy extension will help people remember you. I'm thinking about entertainment sites though not political stuff.
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