Does not having the .com extension as your domain name extension effect web traffic?

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When I think of a website I generally think of .com as the extension however with a lot of niches keyword domains are already taken, such as hairloss.com or a similar niche.

Is it a good idea to use an alternate extension such as .net or .info if the domain your want with a .com is already taken? Will it impact the traffic to the website if I dont use a .com name?

Is it better to use an alternate extension to .com (hairloss.co if hairloss.com is taken) or is it better to purchase a .com domain and just modify the domain name (Example: yourhairlossdaily.com)?
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  • Profile picture of the author eDreamer
    Originally Posted by floresmedia View Post

    When I think of a website I generally think of .com as the extension...
    So do most other people.

    Any other domain extension, including .co, could lose traffic trying to go to your site to the .com holder.

    .com is easier to remember and seen as more professional to most people.

    But this doesn't mean you can't grow a successful website and brand around a non .com extension. I've also seen non .com websites rank in the top spot for SEO as well.

    I would recommend you think of a unique brand name if the .com you're looking for isn't available.

    Try mashing up different words together, coming up with new ones, or using unique combinations. Just remember to keep it as short as possible, easy to remember, and relatively easy to spell.

    Check out LeanDomainSearch for a tool that may help you come up with something.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author girishdkale
    I think .com domain is most recognized as a "commercial" domain. The .net is a sort of backup for .com. From traffic perspective I do not think there is a difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author chemo38
    It does NOT matter. What counts, is content.
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  • Profile picture of the author clairelynn23
    Either can rank, but .com does have an advantage.
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  • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
    If the .com is taken, you have to consider the possibilities of there being a trademark infringement with another extension.
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  • Profile picture of the author curIt
    In my opinion .co extension is more acceptable than other small domain extensions like .tips, .info etc, if something completes your name then go for it though, for eg scoop.it . It s all bout content anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author jords16
    It does not matter for traffic.
    But .com is good if you are selling a product in your site
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    imo, .net has really made a case to be included right next to .com as far as effectiveness and desirability. Probably never will be quite equal but still fairly close
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  • Profile picture of the author victoria xeco
    in my opinion, the domain .com is the best
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  • Avoid overly obscure domains, as well as ".biz", because many people view them as sites that potentially host malware. As a result those people will refuse to even open the page to see what kind of content is being offered to them when they need it most.
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  • Profile picture of the author micktian
    It does not matter for traffic . In my opinion, the domain .com make your website more professional .
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
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    Does not having the .com extension as your domain name extension effect web traffic?
    Yeah PPC platforms charge more for a non-.com...NOT!

    Try a .pizza or .shop or etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
    The only difference is that it's not as "Brandable" and therefore not as memorable. To answer your question, it would be better to modify the .Com domain rather than choosing another extension.
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  • Profile picture of the author fratt55
    hey there

    dont think of .com as a brand ...it is not
    .com >businesses
    .edu > education
    .gov > government
    What matters is good content.. if you were to post the same good content on .com,.edu,.govt. websites you would get the same page views responses within 1 or 2 percentages because search engines do not discriminate ..
    search engine require good only content to rank your site
    ok
    talk soon
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  • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
    If you're looking to develop type in traffic dot com is the
    default for the internet. If you're looking to develop paid traffic
    through the search engines, You Tube, Facebook, etc it doesn't
    matter at all... they're just clicking a link.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ashwin Galhotra
    Yes, It matters But not much because its universal extension mostly people only know about much about .com extension , but further if we think about this practically It does not matters because now days the age of domain matters much and DA and PA of domain matters.
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  • Profile picture of the author Samuel Martin
    it doesnt matter what matters is your content .if your content is great people will remember .co .net or .org whatever it is
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  • Profile picture of the author Dawood
    If you are to use paid advertising,this does not matter at all.what matters is the value of your content. but for SEO, may be it does matter because at times google does favors certain domain names extensions.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
      Originally Posted by Dawood View Post

      If you are to use paid advertising,this does not matter at all.what matters is the value of your content. but for SEO, may be it does matter because at times google does favors certain domain names extensions.
      Totally not true. Google doesn't care at all about the type of domain.

      They have said so repeatedly.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    .com is the best. Only because when we think of searching for a site 99% of us think the domain name plus .com and virtually none of us assume it is anything different.

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  • Profile picture of the author branko97
    .com is the extension that most company personal websites use. People that have been with the internet while it was developing have that mindset to firstly think of .com websites. However a clever combination of two words that best describe your service or bussiness is also very good, since new generations of internet users think differently.
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