by kb24
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If I purchase a domain name does the extension matter?
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  • Profile picture of the author netkid
    (dot) com is preferred. The search engines prefer this extension as well.

    Also, with "human" web surfers, they are likely to enter (dot) com when searching for anything.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Originally Posted by netkid View Post

      (dot) com is preferred. The search engines prefer this extension as well.
      I call "myth"

      While it is true that people are more apt to type in keyword.com, you don't need the dot com if you are just looking to rank.
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    • Profile picture of the author bydomino
      I have to agree with the .com preference but

      If your niche is "Cool Neat Words" and coolneatwords.com is taken then
      coolneatwords.net
      coolneatwords.org
      coolneatwords.info
      coolneatwords.us

      These are all preferred to any other domain

      If you are going for Human readable then the com is important. but for SEO you are fine with -'s and other extensions.

      I hope this helps,

      Kevin
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      • Profile picture of the author FredJones
        I personally go for a .net is the .com is gone. After that I would say .org and then .info or possibly .us or .biz.

        I totally agree - ".com" is the domain in "people's minds" so nothing can be better than that.
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      • Profile picture of the author kb24
        Originally Posted by bydomino View Post

        I have to agree with the .com preference but

        If your niche is "Cool Neat Words" and coolneatwords.com is taken then
        coolneatwords.net
        coolneatwords.org
        coolneatwords.info
        coolneatwords.us

        These are all preferred to any other domain

        If you are going for Human readable then the com is important. but for SEO you are fine with -'s and other extensions.

        I hope this helps,

        Kevin
        Thanks I am doing this for SEO Purposes with wordpress for starters..
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    • Profile picture of the author SteveEO
      Originally Posted by netkid View Post

      (dot) com is preferred. The search engines prefer this extension as well.

      Also, with "human" web surfers, they are likely to enter (dot) com when searching for anything.
      Instinctively, (dot) com is the most common. But yes if you are looking for ranking, it does not really matter anymore
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  • Sure, there are many extensions. For example if your site is a German language site a .de site will rank higher generally in google.de.

    In terms of if a .com or .net or .org is better, google does not place any favor in what extension it is and they can all equally rank high. However, that is not said about all extensions, and some extensions I have found to take slightly longer to rank such as .info. Now depending on who you talk to, people will say that google does not show any negativity towards .info, but no one really knows. But I can say initially that I have seen it take longer for .info's to get ranked vs a .com.

    And common sense would dictate that google has identified these cheap 99cent domains with spam and shady seo tactics, so their search algorithm places less weight initially on this extension. Because, as I said earlier .info and .com extensions can both rank the same, I have just noticed it takes a little longer initially with a .info extension.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by kb24 View Post

    If I purchase a domain name does the extension matter?
    When?

    When someone is trying to remember and repeat it? Yeah. Most people just automatically go ".com" and then try ".net" or ".org" - but they'll almost never try ".info" or ".me" or ".us" or ".ws" (yecchh).

    When someone is clicking a link or bookmarking a page? No. They're looking at the title, not the URL, to figure out what this is.

    When search engines are crawling the web?

    Ay, there's the rub.

    Maybe.

    Having worked on search engine development teams, I can say that the cores of those three search engines don't know or care what the extension of your web site is. In fact, they don't care if you have a name at all - they'll happily crawl and rank your bare IP address.

    Of course, when you look at search results, there seem to be patterns. A lot of people think that means it's hard to rank anything that isn't a .com - so they don't register anything that isn't a .com except under duress. It doesn't take a rocket surgeon to figure out that if the SEO guys are only buying .com domains, then only .com domains have SEO that doesn't suck.

    But at the same time, PEOPLE have strong opinions about domains, and I have to wonder: do people let their prejudices against specific domain extensions dictate policy? For example, would a forum owner be MORE LIKELY to ban someone who stuck a .info site in his sig than someone with a .com in it? Would those links be moderated out of blog comments more often? Would people simply be less interested in posting a non-.com link on their web site?

    Do we, the citizens of the internet, discriminate against those web site extensions... and is it that bigotry which we really see reflected in Google?

    Because if so, then yeah, .com domains are easier to rank.
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    • Profile picture of the author netkid
      @avenue girl, I stand corrected!

      There is so much good and bad info out there regarding this issue of domain extension. I don't know who to believe anymore
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      • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
        Originally Posted by netkid View Post

        @avenue girl, I stand corrected!

        There is so much good and bad info out there regarding this issue of domain extension. I don't know who to believe anymore
        No problem.

        I will say, if you are looking to create some branding and hoping people will just type in the name then yes - a dot com is best. Only because what was stated - people have been "conditioned" to start with the dot com

        I'm secretly hoping to see a change with the arrival of the .co - but only time will tell.

        But if you are doing some niche sites where you don't really expect the visitor to find you without a little help then you can go any extension you want.

        If I'm looking at keyword.com and keyword.net and the dot com has had no work done to it, I'm going to beat it with that dot net and it won't be as hard as some would think.
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  • Profile picture of the author Always-A-Warrior
    anything goes nowdays ... in fact with so many social sites out there who needs a domain. Simply fresh relevant content, backlinks and a nice cold beer will do.

    .com
    .org
    .net
    .us
    .co.uk
    .de
    .in
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  • Profile picture of the author humbledmarket
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    If there's .com I personally would prefer .com because it generally looks more professional and more suited for business or essentially any use.

    .info is generally known for spam nowadays because of the low cost it's a common use of spam

    And if I'm not wrong if you're flipping domains there can be a huge difference of value between .com, .net, and .org

    Being on Namepros for a couple of months with some interest in domains from what I read if I were to value it in first to last I'd valued it in the following list:
    1) .com
    2) .org
    3) .net
    4) .info
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