.com vs other TLD's

by karunnt 12 replies
SEO question:

Do search engines mind if a domain is .com or .net or .info or .biz or .bz ?

Do these sites rank the same (other factors being equal)?

Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    Originally Posted by karunnt View Post

    SEO question:

    Do search engines mind if a domain is .com or .net or .info or .biz or .bz ?

    Do these sites rank the same (other factors being equal)?

    Thanks.
    I only buy .com and .org (in that order). If neither is avail, and I'm crazy over the domain, I'll go .net. I don't do .info unless I plan on using it as a 'throw-away' domain (I plan on not renewing and using it for tests, etc)

    Lately, I'm also avoiding dashes in my domain. I'd rather have mygreatproduct.com than http://www.great-product.com
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    • Profile picture of the author karunnt
      But does it matter to the SE?

      I thought you had to be an organization to get a .ORG.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
        Originally Posted by karunnt View Post

        But does it matter to the SE?

        I thought you had to be an organization to get a .ORG.
        No. Anyone can get it. And lately, it's been my preferred choice when .com's aren't available.

        .info's are being used left and right on EZA and other article directories to redirect to affiliate links due to their cheap Godaddy $0.99 intro pricing. Google has caught on and adjusted their algorithms accordingly.

        Take a look for yourself. Go on Google and do several random searches on any keyword. Count the amount of .com, .org, .net and .info TLDs on the first 2 pages. I guarantee you'll only see .com and .org (and gov, edu).
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        • Profile picture of the author karunnt
          I searched for 'leather jackets' and got all .com and country code TLD's

          The fact that I am not getting other TLD's could be because there are fewer competitive sites in 'leather jackets' with those TLD's. Who would put up an ecommerce site with anything else?

          It may have nothing to do with Google's preference at all, it may just be the subject.
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  • Profile picture of the author tommygadget
    After seeing the results of over 50 websites, I have to say that I am only doing .com extensions now. Just be creative, you'll find that domain name you need.

    TomG.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aaron Moser
    Here's what I've noticed...

    If your domain has your keywords and is a .com you will rank very easily on page #1 with little to no backlinks for that exact phrase.

    The other TLD's don't work the same way...

    .net and .org, will require more backlinks than .com

    .info and .biz will require even more backlinks than .net and .org

    But overall the TLD alone does not affect your rankings much. What matters is the amount of quality links pointing to them.
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  • Profile picture of the author CliveG
    My experience is that Google seems to prefer .com, then .net and then others with .biz and .info way down the list.

    As far as country code domains are concerned many of us get a distorted view as when we search Google we are served up "biased" listings depending upon where we search from. For example, in the UK, Google redirects us to google.co.uk listings not google.com listings. Of course, this is an advantage to you if you are targetting a particular country.
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  • Profile picture of the author engr.adeel
    Domain name with .com is better because it can rank in search engine soon than other. Also it requires less back links than .net, .info or .biz. Also people mostly prefer .com site
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  • Profile picture of the author dnka
    ccTLDs are better if you are targeting the local market.
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