is .info any good? Bit of advise please.

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Hi all,

I have found what I think is a good niche (at last) but I cant' get the dot com. I can get the .info. The way I am targeting it is with a review site but I am not sure what to do. I could add a hyphen between the words and get the .com that way.

I would appreciate a bit of advice if you can as I haven't been at this long.

#advise #bit #good #info
  • Profile picture of the author yves
    Hi there,

    What about the .org and .net, are they available? Snap either up if you can as they are almost as good as the .com in my experience.

    All the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author Radko
    As far SEO concern, you don't need to worry about the extensions. However, the only problem is that people would find it difficult to remember your domain name if it is not in .com.
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  • Profile picture of the author Arun Pal Singh
    If you work hard on it you can make any domain name memorable. So if it is your desired domain, grab it irrespective of what it ends with.
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  • Profile picture of the author JennSpencerIM
    If you search the forum threads for .info you'll see a HUGE variety of opinions here. I've used them and never had any troubles because I have people click on the link to my .info and not type it in so that doesn't really matter to me. Also, some people will say that .info equals spammer sites in many people's eyes since its so cheap and has been used in past for crappy sites like that. It really depends on your market and what you are going to do with it so I don't have a definite answer either way...but hope some of that helps you think through things with it a bit.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayFlow
    I would stay away from is why:

    - Many years ago you could get TONS of .info domains for free. This was during the autogen boom of 5 years ago, so people crammed these domains full of spam/junk content

    - Searchers got used to seeing JUNK on .info domains

    - So now, a person is searching for "blue widgets" and just doesn't even click on the .info from the search results.

    don't risk it...these domains are not top tier.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Louis Monk
    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

    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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  • Profile picture of the author Pratik K
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    • Profile picture of the author Wechito
      The concern of many people about .info, .net or any other domain different from .com is that they may lose visitors because when they type the URL, they will automatically place .com and go to that other website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amsterdam
    I think it is important to realise that not too many people are typing URLs directly these days - in fact LOTS of people don't even know how! You should think about how you are going to market the site and also if the domain name actually makes any sense. Some examples I've seen recently include: and Wholesale - UK Wholesalers & Free UK Dropshippers Directory - Guide & List

    Both are logical and marketable IMO.

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  • Profile picture of the author reynor
    Hi Jacqui,

    The .info is definitely cheaper. But for some reason or another, customers view .com or .org or .net as more reliable domain.

    Here is a cool twist...

    If you want for example and you can't avail it, why not add words to it.

    You can try or

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author revenue27
    Yes .info does works, but it depends on what your products and is there any market that wants your offer, but it gets a little harder to rank well at the search engine.
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  • Profile picture of the author jaynejones2010
    Originally Posted by jacolden View Post

    Hi all,

    I have found what I think is a good niche (at last) but I cant' get the dot com. I can get the .info. The way I am targeting it is with a review site but I am not sure what to do. I could add a hyphen between the words and get the .com that way.

    I would appreciate a bit of advice if you can as I haven't been at this long.

    If I can't get the . com for the keyword, I will go for the . net and then the .org. If they aren't available then I will add a word after the keyword.

    I would only use hyphens if I can get the . com

    If I can't get any of the above then I would find another keyword.

    I use . info for website when I'm not interested in high rankings as extra work will be needed.

    Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Kierkegaard
    This is a guess, based loosely on my own search habits and people I know. Not the most reliable source but...

    When I search online for something, I very rarely look at the domain name. Just the title as listed in the search engine.

    When I do click on a site, if it's full of flashing junk or is obviously trying hard to sell something, I don't even bother reading it (obviously other people do, or those long wordpress pages selling clickbank ebooks wouldn't make any money).

    If it looks like a OK site, I stick around and read it.

    If it's a really good site, I bookmark it.

    So whether it is .com, .org, .net, .info doesn't bother me.


    When I haven't bothered to bookmark it, I do often forget whether it is .net, .org, .info, etc.

    I would get the .com first, then the (cos I live in the UK).
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