Is it good to use .info domain name?

by DavidLaw 15 replies
It seems to be getting more and more difficult to get a good .com domain name in any niche these days.

Do you guys think using a .info domain name is a good idea?
.info domain is also much cheaper than the rest (NameCheap is selling at $2.98).
But I heard it is not good for SEO purpose.

Any thoughts?

Cheers!
David
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  • Profile picture of the author Jim Burney
    Hi David

    I'm always perplexed by this question.

    What do most of us sell?

    Information products!

    .info ???

    No problem.

    Jim
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  • Profile picture of the author Stanley Tang
    If you're going to go for branding purposes, then .com is a better choice. I personally dont like .info
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidLaw
    I stumble upon this thread:
    The .Info Domain Issue - Your Thoughts? - Website Magazine
    which sort of caution against using .info domain.
    But I personally haven't use any .info domain before so I couldn't comment how true is it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Monetize
      There's nothing wrong with .info. If it works for you and
      it suits your content (as Jim Burney has stated) then go
      for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ernie Lo
    Just to be safe, always buy .com's because they're synonymous with internet addresses and is what everyone thinks of when remembering URL's.

    There are plenty of good .com domains still out there, just need to use your imagination.
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  • Profile picture of the author hebsgaard
    The common theory is that .com is better for SEO purposes. For info products .info might be able to work though. It's something worth experimenting with though.
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  • Profile picture of the author sesantek
    Originally Posted by DavidLaw View Post

    It seems to be getting more and more difficult to get a good .com domain name in any niche these days.

    Do you guys think using a .info domain name is a good idea?
    .info domain is also much cheaper than the rest (NameCheap is selling at $2.98).
    But I heard it is not good for SEO purpose.

    Any thoughts?

    Cheers!
    David
    I love .com but you can also go for .info. It all depends on you how take your business. I hope you understand what i mean.
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  • Profile picture of the author dreamtab
    search engines give priority to .com
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    • Profile picture of the author Rufus Steele
      Originally Posted by dreamtab View Post

      search engines give priority to .com
      How do you work that one out - is that based on a proven test or just a guess?

      The reason I ask is that '.whatever' are all recognised TLDs and, as such, are ranked accordingly.

      For sure, non IM people expect to see .com and most when asked would assume that a URL ends in .com - but search engines giving priority would, I guess, be based on various factors of the site / page in question - predominantly a ratio of age to regular new content, LSI content and # of links 'voting' for it. I say guess because unless you have the major inside track on SEs and their algorithms, we can only GUESS!

      Don't forget, .net and .com have also both been heavily abused by all kinds of crap sites over the years too - .info is not the only TLD to suffer this problem.

      I have a number of .info sites, most of which do sell info products, in my mix of sites and from testing various things so far over 5 years over .com, .co.uk, .net and .info - the quality of related content on the site and the number of internal (don't forget them) as well as external links pointing to it is what affects ranking in the main.

      One important tip I learned a while ago which tends to blow the 'which .TLD to use' discussions wide open is - the more links your internal pages get the better! Sod sending all the 'votes' to one or two pages - spread them out and use your quality content to deep link.

      Works absolute wonders on a .com, .info or.anything!

      Best regards

      Rufus
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      • Profile picture of the author johntanyishin
        I've heard some people said about it before. That .info are cheap and that's why internet marketers use them for all kind of testing.

        And as a result, .info website addresses don't rank well with search engines.

        I'm not sure about this one as well.

        JTYS
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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    The main problem in choosing anything but a .com is this. You're going to lose traffic to whoever owns the .com. You can promote YourGreatWebSite.info all you want, and it's not a bad thing in itself. But a significant percentage of your prospects and customers will type in the .COM without thinking twice. Personally, I would not spend money and time in promoting a website other than a .com simply because of the huge traffic leak. It could literally eat up your profit margin.
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  • Profile picture of the author chemmyvick
    In my own experience, i think .info too is ok.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheDailyBanana
    Originally Posted by DavidLaw View Post

    Do you guys think using a .info domain name is a good idea?
    Are they the best for branding? Probably not. Are you going to get penalized by a search engine for using one? It's doubtful. Are they a cheap and dirty way to get something up and running quickly? Absolutely. You can assemble a product, build a direct response sales message, buy some traffic to send to it, and actually make sales. Been there done that. Another cool trick is to pick up ".info" domains really cheaply and use them to re-direct affiliate links.
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  • Profile picture of the author BillyParadise
    All the .coms are not taken - you just have to get creative with the names, that's all.

    Personally, I'll use .infos for feeder sites (sites that I'm not likely to keep for more than a year or two, which feed traffic to my .coms), but my main properties are all on .coms. I still have a few .nets lying around, but generally, it's .com all the way for me.
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