.info domain names - are they worth it?

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Hi Folks,

just a quick Q... I'm noticing that .info domains are super cheap. In the past I've only gone for .coms and currently have about 50 of those.

Do .info's score as well in SERPs? Any other pros and cons of buying a .info that I should know?

Many thanks

Alex.
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    • Profile picture of the author lexilexi
      @ mgtarheels - thanks, what is this based on?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Grant
    Personal experience. I've had no problems ranking .info sites, but I'll only ever put them on info sites with Adsense.
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  • Profile picture of the author ashishthakkar
    From my personal experience i can say they are same.

    I own two .info domains that rank higher than the .com version for their respective keyword searches.


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    • Profile picture of the author PaulSch
      Originally Posted by moonfish View Post

      I think that .info domains are fine, I think that they rank just as well as any other sites and I make a regular income from them, both advertising my own products and with Adsense related content sites. I'd recommend that anyone new to Internet Marketing and who is on a limited budget starts this way.
      I agree. I got a .info about 6 weeks ago, put my stuff on it and it now ranks no. 1 against over 5 million competitors, also have a .com in same niche that I can't get onto the first page.

      I would recommend them for your own product.
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  • Profile picture of the author marky12345
    I have had people who have had problems with .biz and .net and looking at the reasons I think it might be the content of the site.

    This is my thinking:

    .net is a 'network' (correct me if I can wrong) and .biz is a 'business' and .org is an organistation. Now I understand that allot of things can fall under these catergories but lets say your trying to sell paint from a .net site it would be better to have it as a.com site as it is not a network of anykind?

    This is just my thinking and from the research I have done on other peoples sites and what their site is about it seems I could be right?

    If someone knows somethign I dont then please tell me.
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  • Profile picture of the author lexilexi
    Awesome folks, thanks! Reason why I am asking, the domain I am after is available as a "premium.com" for $788, a .org for $14.99 or as a .info for $0.89

    The site in question would actually be an "info site" type site with lots of solid free content and some ads.
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    • Originally Posted by lexilexi View Post

      Awesome folks, thanks! Reason why I am asking, the domain I am after is available as a "premium.com" for $788, a .org for $14.99 or as a .info for $0.89

      The site in question would actually be an "info site" type site with lots of solid free content and some ads.

      OK... here is my take. Now, I am not an SEO expert, my husband is and anyone out there can feel free to correct me, but as far as I am concerned and I have heard most people tend to stay away from .info's unless it is of course as you said for informative content. My husband always advises his clients against a .info. Yes, if well optimized you can get them ranked well in SERPS but do not end up having the same value in the end. Let me try to explain the way he does:

      .com - general website that can be used for anything business, personal, corporation, etc.
      .net - usually a network and rarely is used for business purposes (as in to make money)
      .biz - usually used as a business
      .org - usually stands for an organization and in the vast majority of the cases are NON-profit organizations
      .gov - obviously government sites.
      .info - tend to be informative sites and are usually NOT used for business purposes. You can monetize them with Adsense or Adbrite

      Now, ALL can be optimized in the same exact form using On-page and Off-page SEO tactics in order to get them placed in SERPS. But once the search engines start analyzing each one individually, site content and relevancy to domain and keywords get taken into consideration. HOW? Not entirely sure, but I have heard this mentioned not just from my husband but from SEO experts in other forums.

      Good luck and I hope you choose what best suits your needs.
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  • Profile picture of the author humbledmarket
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    Originally Posted by lexilexi View Post

    Hi Folks,

    just a quick Q... I'm noticing that .info domains are super cheap. In the past I've only gone for .coms and currently have about 50 of those.

    Do .info's score as well in SERPs? Any other pros and cons of buying a .info that I should know?

    Many thanks

    Alex.
    It highly depends on what you intend to use the domain for. If you're looking to create a business website I wouldn't recommend .info

    .info is used so often for spam websites because simply they are so cheap that I think it shorts of reduce their credibility slightly.

    However I don't think it makes much of a difference but is more dependent on what you intend to do with it.

    I personally only stick with .com, in my opinion it's much easier to sell unless it's a premium.info
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  • Profile picture of the author esr
    I own ONE .info domain and made more money from IT last month than any of my other domains.

    However, when I SELL a site, .info gets a much lower price than .com and .net, as a rule.

    So, I'll continue to use them for myself (LOVE that $.89 price tag!) but not for sites I intend to sell.
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  • Profile picture of the author lexilexi
    Thanks again, yes this will be an "info site" that I intend to keep and put some adsense on, not to flip.
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  • Profile picture of the author mattalways
    They all rank the same. How can it not be worth it at $0.99!??
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  • Profile picture of the author Samuel Baker
    By the sounds of it .info domain extension is perfect for your current situation; also recommended for beginning marketers whom are on a low budget to start up.
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    • Great, this is perfect for someone like myself, who wants to experiment first. It looks like .info is the way to go!
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  • Profile picture of the author David Louis Monk
    I use .info sites in the mix. Remember, the $0.89 sale price is only for the first year and then the price the second year can be comparable to a .com

    I recently renewed a .co.uk domain for around 2.99. Godaddy I see have stopped selling them which does not surprise me at the high price they used to sell them for.

    .info domains are just as global location-wise as a .com or .net unlike a .co.uk which is country specific though the site does not have to be hosted in the UK. However, when I used the .co.uk to publize my property in the UK it got ranked much better than the .com I used to begin with.
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  • Profile picture of the author lexilexi
    Thanks David, appreciate the tips!
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  • Profile picture of the author mattalways
    I'm going to recommend you go with .com. Who knows where this will take you, and a .com just has more value if you wanted to sell it, or if it got big, you're going to wish you got the .com! I started with a .ca and wish I would have got the .com lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author Pete Egeler
      I currently use my .info domains mainly as cheap TLD's for redirects, which is about the only way you can plug affiliate programs on many of the article directories.

      On the other hand, I too have had .info sites that pulled good front-page action on Google, and good sales too.

      In spite of what the "gurus" might tell you, I'm betting that 99% of the searching public does NOT put a .com, etc. in their search string. The might look for "top selling cars", but they don't search for "top selling cars.com".

      By the same token, most people don't scan the URL when they land on a page either, saying "well, if this isn't a .com site, I'm not sticking around". Nope. They're looking for something, you've got it, and they don't care WHAT your TLD is if you can deliver the goods.

      .info no good? Bull! It's all in your mind, folks. It's all in your mind.

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      • Profile picture of the author mattalways
        Originally Posted by Pete Egeler View Post

        I currently use my .info domains mainly as cheap TLD's for redirects, which is about the only way you can plug affiliate programs on many of the article directories.

        On the other hand, I too have had .info sites that pulled good front-page action on Google, and good sales too.

        In spite of what the "gurus" might tell you, I'm betting that 99% of the searching public does NOT put a .com, etc. in their search string. The might look for "top selling cars", but they don't search for "top selling cars.com".

        By the same token, most people don't scan the URL when they land on a page either, saying "well, if this isn't a .com site, I'm not sticking around". Nope. They're looking for something, you've got it, and they don't care WHAT your TLD is if you can deliver the goods.

        .info no good? Bull! It's all in your mind, folks. It's all in your mind.

        Pete
        I agree with you to a point. Noone is searching with .com in their string. I'd say very few would click on a .com over a .info in search results, but what if the site is more than a site that just generate search engine traffic? If people want to come back, they're going to be heading to the .com if they don't have it saved. You can't argue that.

        If you're just re-directing, or only working with one time unique search engine traffic, sure go with the .info. I just stick to .com's whenever I can. There's no disputing that it makes a difference. Just not to SEO.

        Look at topix.net. They eventually paid 1 million for the .com and bought it off an animation company. I wonder just how much traffic they were losing by not owning the .com! There is a huge difference!
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  • Profile picture of the author CianMcCarthy
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    .com , .org and .net are the only ones worth bothering with.
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  • Profile picture of the author emcknutt
    I've found it to be a great way of starting out especially when cash is limited. No problems ranking them either.
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    I think it all has to do with content rather than the domain extension.

    If it is a business name that you hope people would enter without looking up then obviously dot come is better however if your driving traffic with different techniques then dot info is fine.

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  • Profile picture of the author markbyrne
    I haven't had any problems ranking .infos, but the one thing I'd suggest is registering it for a coupel of years rather than just one. This does have an effect...
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  • Profile picture of the author thetruth23
    As everyone else has said, they rank the same. Which is important for search engines.

    But I'd say they don't roll of the tongue as easy as a .com would.

    I suppose that would only be important if you were building a brand though!

    In your particular case...I don't think I could pay a $700 premium just for a dot com if it was going to be for a content website.
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    • Profile picture of the author howinfo
      I have had very good experience with info domains and our main site is on info domain as well and it is doing very well. There is a very good site about info domains www.info.info
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Thorsett
    I use them mainly for redirects (or just a home for a squeeze page). They're especially useful for non-link traffic, because memorable phrases are much more readily available as a .info than a .com -- but my constant worry is that people will remember the domain name and forget the .info, and then wind up at the .com. Frustrating, but there you are.
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  • Profile picture of the author mjzivko
    .info's are no different than any other TLD.

    But nobody seemed to mention that the renewal fee is about $10. So if you buy up 100 info's, you are looking at a big renewal fee in 12 months.
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  • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
    Two of my .infos were only ever intended to be short-lived projects that ended up taking off to the point where I'm now more than happy to renew them every year. It's what you do with a domain that counts, and I think much of the bad reputation associated with .infos has come about because they attract people who want something for as little as possible. It's often not just the money they are unwilling to commit, but the effort too. The most they can manage to get before an audience is a comment saying 'I had a .info, but it tanked'.

    There is no truth at all in the idea that .infos will always do badly.
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidO
    "Saving money" in your domain purchase is not a sound approach... penny wise and pound foolish, as they say!

    .info and .biz and similar may be okay for some purposes but if you're a serious marketer don't jeopardize your credibility to save $10. These domains are associated with low quality websites and there's just no two ways about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Louis Monk
    It has been mentioned once directly and once indirectly that .info domains cost as much as .com when not on sale i.e. in their second year.

    If .info sites were priced at $20 they would have a perceived higher value. However, with everyone saying they are rubbish, people stay shy of them and they do not sell as well. In this case, to make them sell, they are offered at a sale price.

    Since many people expect when they type a name directly as a URL (omitting the spaces) to add the .com extension expecting a website to have been built for that word phrase can often strike lucky but then you could easily end up at a rubbish parked domain with nothing more than links and adsense on it. The enlightened could also try typing the .info extension as a second attempt. Admittedly the .com will be tried first of all.

    I expect those who have built successful .info sites and are earning off them will say that the price of the .info for the following year if bought at the low price initially is still worth it.

    .info domains which have tanked and not re-registered will become available again and so there will be opportunities to get really good domains in the future and hopefully the market will become educated by then to give as much importance to .info domains as a .com

    As ContentArticleWriter wrote the extensions have implied meanings and therefore to have a very good information site on a .net domain for example is not going to get direct traffic by typing in the URL and adding the most recognized extension (.com). If I am after information, I am not as likely to type a url in the address bar and add the .net as I would type the url and add .info

    We are talking about technicalities here which the general public who are not internet savvy will know about. So to play safe, if you have a choice of buying a good domain for a keyword phrase and the .com is available, the .com will be the preferred option in the long run if the website is built with the long-term in view in mind. However, as the public become more educated you might expect them to add .info rather than .com when specifically looking for information in the future.

    As others have testified any .extension will rank above another if the website has better content and relevancy and backlinks etc. as far as the search engines are concerned unless they have good reason to tar all .extensions of a certain type with the same brush, which I doubt will happen.
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