Domain name help please

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I am looking to register a domain for my virtual assistant work. The domain

in .org is available, no other. Would this be any good? the first two words have a good keyword search result.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
    Absolutely! In my opinion, a .com, .net or .org are all great.
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    • Profile picture of the author francoza
      .com works great then anyother. Therefore, stick to .com
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      • Profile picture of the author Katie Rich
        Originally Posted by francoza View Post

        .com works great then anyother. Therefore, stick to .com
        The .com for any variation of the name I wan't is not available. I have purchased the .org and will see what it does, if nothing I have wasted $9.
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        • Profile picture of the author Gary King
          Originally Posted by honestbizpro View Post

          Hi Katie, there is never a waste!

          Create a blog, put some good keyword rich content on it and I bet there is someone who would consider to buy the entire site..even for adsense marketing.
          Agreed - even if you just build it up with some keyword stuffed (not in a bad way) content and then feed it to your .com that you got hooked up with (nice offer/job Mr. Andrews!) it can certainly help!

          All success.

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  • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
    You may have to work a bit harder to get it where you want it, but it can definitely work! A couple of my most successful sites are .nets or .orgs!
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  • Profile picture of the author freudianslip27
    My opinion is that even if the optimal keywords aren't available, if you are setting up a business a .com is going to appear more reputable. If you will have potential clients coming to your site, a .com appears as the most professional.

    Then again, if you are mainly dealing with IM'ers, they probably wouldn't care as much.

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  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    As far as SERPs are concerned, .com, .net and .org are treated the same, all else being equal. Resale value is a bit different though. It it much easier to sell a .com than any other extension.
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  • Profile picture of the author ingomkt
    .org should work. Usually I am looking for .com, .net or .org and I have seen .orgs outrank .coms multiple times.
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  • Profile picture of the author WD Mino
    There used to be a general understanding about extensions .org refering to non profit organizations .com referring to commerce on the net .net referring to network or in other words internetwork .us.ca obviously referring to country of origin however these don't seem to apply anymore as everyone and their mother signs up for any and or all of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Katie Rich
    Thank you all so much for your feedback.

    Now I am wondering if I should look for a .com.
    The problem is that I cannot find one with anything like the relevant keywords.

    I purchased thevirtualsecretary.org (not a plug, it's currently inactive). Perhaps I should be more adventurous, but would a domain name without the keywords bring in any business?

    Not my strong point I'm afraid, domain name research.

    Mark, thanks for the Yorkshire comment, it made me smile
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    • Profile picture of the author danjensen
      Picking a URL with a highly searched or valueable keyword will rank you higher in serps.

      If this is .com, .net or .org. It doesn't matter to the search engines.

      I have seen .Org sites with the full keyword in there title and only 100 backlinks be no.1 against much larger competition. Simply because of their URL.

      If you Plan to resell it later, a more successful website at no.1 for its keyword, will generate more cash than a .com ranked 100.

      So in answer to your question, if you cant find a .com with your keyword go for the .org.
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    • Profile picture of the author All Night Cafe
      It is perfectly OK for .org. I'll tell you how to
      check it out for your self. Just go to Google
      when some of the product launches are going on.

      Look at the first 10 listings and you will almost always
      see one or two .org.

      I use .org myself if I'm doing a product launch and
      can't get the .com or .net.

      Google treats all 3 the same.

      Hope this helps/
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  • Profile picture of the author Lisa Gergets
    Even a keyword-rich domain name won't bring in any business without promotion. And you had planned on doing promotion anyways, correct? So I wouldn't worry too much about it...you can still have great success with your domain just as it is.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    org works great .... I have no problems ranking with orgs at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author webber1
    what about"my" infront of it?
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      • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
        Originally Posted by MarkAndrews IMCopywriting View Post


        I used to be a professional domain searcher,
        I've worked with some of the top names in
        the business ...

        Keyword rearch is also one of my strongest
        points.
        I usually have pretty good luck at finding good .com names too, but I'm always looking to learn. Have you written anything showing your techniques? An ebook for sale perhaps? I could probably learn something from you, but wouldn't be surprised if we share at least some of the same techniques.
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          • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
            Originally Posted by MarkAndrews IMCopywriting View Post

            Nope, I don't write eBooks, not one to
            my name, what knowledge I have I
            always give away free of charge.

            Ask and you will receive.

            All the best!


            Mark Andrews...
            Thanks, Mark...I'll ask later. Don't want to hijack Katie's thread.
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            • Profile picture of the author Katie Rich
              Originally Posted by Dennis Gaskill View Post

              Thanks, Mark...I'll ask later. Don't want to hijack Katie's thread.
              Hijack away Dennis! I might learn something more too ......
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              • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
                Originally Posted by Katie Rich View Post

                Hijack away Dennis! I might learn something more too ......
                Okay Katie, now that Mark is has done his magic for you, I'll take you up on the invitation.

                Mark,

                One of my methods that produces good results is to use Google's keyword tool by plugging in a seed keyword and then looking for the keyword suggestions. I usually use exact match, but sometimes go with phrase match in a particularly tough niche.

                Sometimes I'll have to plug in several different seed words to get a good amount of potential domain names. I may grab from a few dozen to a few hundred keyword phrases by exporting them in text format, then use the search and replace function in Notepad to remove the spaces in keyword phrases and remove the quotation marks or brackets (depending if it was an exact match or phrase match search) and plug the whole lot into a bulk domain search. Since I'm only taking keywords with a decent number of searches, any .com that comes up is acceptable, but of course I'll take the phrase that gets the most searches, most of the time anyway.

                If I can't find anything that way, I have lists of prefixes and suffixes I might try adding to a good keyword, or a list of modifiers.

                You do any of that? What is your best technique?

                Thanks, Dennis
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  • Profile picture of the author entry
    Originally Posted by Katie Rich View Post

    I am looking to register a domain for my virtual assistant work. The domain

    in .org is available, no other. Would this be any good? the first two words have a good keyword search result.
    try combining more keywords, or find other combinations, to find the .com one, but if the worse comes, then .org aint too bad.

    .com is preferred.
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  • Profile picture of the author duncanb
    Its just a personal thing for me so dont worry too much but i HATE .orgs
    Ever .org venture i have patook in ends up in the bin
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      • Profile picture of the author Katie Rich
        Originally Posted by MarkAndrews IMCopywriting View Post

        Just sent you an email lass after searching
        quite a large number.

        Didn't beat me but incredibly few on the
        ground in this particular niche.

        If I spent another 4 hours (which I havn't
        got spare) I could no doubt have found
        some more available .com's

        I hope that helps you out though and the
        keyword data you found to be useful.

        Best regards.


        Mark Andrews...

        It did, It will and THANK YOU! I went with your search results and now own the domain you suggested. I love warriors
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Gaskill
    Okay, thanks Mark. It's nice to know I was using a method similar to what a pro would use. You made me curious what the difference was, but I'll get over that.

    Appreciate your time. You're a good person.
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  • Profile picture of the author digigo
    .org just as good.. you know one of the top traffic websites craigslist is a .org company.. and it conveys the non-profit notion that is good for your brand too...
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  • Profile picture of the author mschow
    I have a .net business and it works fine. sometimes you can put a - in the domain name you want and it will be available. but .org should be fine, just harder to get in the mix.
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