Does Google hate .info domains?

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Hi Folks,
Apologies in advance since I'm sure this has been discussed many times, but is a .info name ok for Google, will it be frowned upon, or does it work as well as say, .org or .net with obviously .com being preferable!

Ta!
Gordon
#domains #google #hate #info
  • Profile picture of the author microunique
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    iT IS ALWAYS GOOD TO GO WITH .COM FIRST OR .ORG
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  • Profile picture of the author rohnsmith
    I have ever heard that kind of talk that .info domain is superior than .com . yes I have heard about .edu and .gov or .mil but never made comparison between .com and.info
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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    You'll get many different opinions on this.

    For me, .info or .biz work just fine.

    The site in my sig is ranking in the top positions for a variety of keywords.
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  • Profile picture of the author skipper-chip
    Hi, I have used Info's in the past until recently.

    I found a really good keyword, went to name cheap and all TLD's were available. Like an idiot I only purchased the .info.

    I checked a few days later after doing some backlinking to my site and the .com was sitting in number 1 and my .info was not even in the index....From now on I am only using .com.

    Still...the .com is ranked 1 and mine is on page 5!


    just my 2 cents...
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    • Profile picture of the author howinfo
      Goole loves my info’s so I guess I am lucky that way and I really do feel sorry for the people whose .info’s Google don’t like and I think it is bit unfair from Google to prefer one person to an other.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tyrus Antas
    Google doesn't care about what TLD you use
    for your site.

    As for .info, search Google for "spain tourism".

    Tyrus
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    In terms of ranking, Google couldn't possibly care less which TLD you use as long as you employ proper on-page SEO strategies on your website and do backlinking the right way.

    The only difference TLD makes is with your target market, and this is where TLD can have an impact. Even today, many people automatically/unconsciously type in a .com at the end when going to a site, so especially if your domain is something that could get type-in traffic, you definitely want to use a .com. In addition to that, many people tend to consider a .com to be more reputable and trustworthy, so if you're building an authority site you should probably try your hardest to get a .com if you can.

    Paul
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    • Profile picture of the author Pluton
      Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

      In terms of ranking, Google couldn't possibly care less which TLD you use as long as you employ proper on-page SEO strategies on your website and do backlinking the right way.

      The only difference TLD makes is with your target market, and this is where TLD makes a difference. Even today, many people automatically/unconsciously type in a .com at the end when going to a site, so especially if your domain is something that could get type-in traffic, you definitely want to use a .com. In addition to that, many people tend to consider a .com to be more reputable and trustworthy, so if you're building an authority site you should probably try your hardest to get a .com if you can.

      Paul
      I agree entirely with Paul - this is exactly my experience with .info's.

      As an experiment, some time back, I prepared 2 websites with substantially the same information on each but one .info and the other .com

      They are both on the first page in Google for reasonably competitive keyword/s but the .info is placed nearer number 1 than the .com

      Having said that I would always take the .com if it was available but it would'nt really bother me if it was .net or .org as I have had similar results with them all !

      In my book it's the website content that matters to big G - give him what he wants and you will always get good results.
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  • Profile picture of the author Owen Smith
    In my experience. yes Google hates them, they are spammy, cheap domains, I hate them, unless they are only for promotional purpose with no SERPS value needed, I stay far away.

    Try .com, .org and .net

    Regards
    Owen
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    • Profile picture of the author paulie888
      Originally Posted by Owen Smith View Post

      In my experience. yes Google hates them, they are spammy, cheap domains, I hate them, unless they are only for promotional purpose with no SERPS value needed, I stay far away.

      Try .com, .org and .net

      Regards
      Owen
      What makes you think that Google hates them, and that they have no SERPS value? Do you have any solid evidence that proves this?

      Paul
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    • Profile picture of the author howinfo
      Originally Posted by Owen Smith View Post

      In my experience. yes Google hates them, they are spammy, cheap domains, I hate them, unless they are only for promotional purpose with no SERPS value needed, I stay far away.

      Try .com, .org and .net

      Regards
      Owen
      It does not matter what tld you use for spamming, you can buy .jobs for $ 100 or . fm for $ 50 and use them for spamming and Google wont look kindly on that.
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    • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
      Originally Posted by Owen Smith View Post

      In my experience. yes Google hates them, they are spammy, cheap domains,
      Sigh...

      Google the following bold terms...

      This does beg the question, have you ever searched for info on Noam Chomsky? How about regular expressions, roman coins,craft ideas, or how to check your page rank? Maybe you've never needed to do some research to find out if New York was a sanctuary city or to find out something about New York transit. Did you ever look into Spain tourism?. Oh, and have you thought about moving your money to a local bank before you go shopping on Black Friday?
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      • Profile picture of the author Owen Smith
        I am sorry, but in my experience, It has not been a good one, I found it much easier and quicker to rank with .com, .net or .org.

        Much easier.

        Sometimes my .info websites did not get indexed either, even with dofollow backlinks, but my .comn website sget ranked in minutes using the same method.

        Regards
        Owen

        Originally Posted by bgmacaw View Post

        Sigh...

        Google the following bold terms...

        This does beg the question, have you ever searched for info on Noam Chomsky? How about regular expressions, roman coins,craft ideas, or how to check your page rank? Maybe you've never needed to do some research to find out if New York was a sanctuary city or to find out something about New York transit. Did you ever look into Spain tourism?. Oh, and have you thought about moving your money to a local bank before you go shopping on Black Friday?
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        • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
          Originally Posted by Owen Smith View Post

          I am sorry, but in my experience, It has not been a good one, I found it much easier and quicker to rank with .com, .net or .org.
          I have over 150 .info domains and they've all performed as well (or as badly) as comparable .com or .net domains.

          Originally Posted by Owen Smith View Post

          Sometimes my .info websites did not get indexed either, even with dofollow backlinks, but my .comn website sget ranked in minutes using the same method.
          I've had the same thing happen the other way around.

          The problem is usually pre-existing penalties from when the domain was registered before. Around 2006-2008 a lot of domains were used with scripts like BANS and YACG that Google algorithmically deindexed upon detection. This penalty lingers even after the domain has been deleted from ICANN and is available for general purchase again. So, if you buy cheapwidgets.com or cheapwidgets.info or whatever when it's been used like this in the past you'll struggle getting it indexed. When buying domains it's important to make sure that the domain doesn't have bad karma from a previous life.
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      • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
        Google won't like you and your in the sandbox now for repeatedly posting this on other threads!

        You get a slap for dupe content!


        Originally Posted by bgmacaw View Post

        Sigh...

        Google the following bold terms...

        This does beg the question, have you ever searched for info on Noam Chomsky? How about regular expressions, roman coins,craft ideas, or how to check your page rank? Maybe you've never needed to do some research to find out if New York was a sanctuary city or to find out something about New York transit. Did you ever look into Spain tourism?. Oh, and have you thought about moving your money to a local bank before you go shopping on Black Friday?
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        • Profile picture of the author cnrimgr1
          Google loves all domains in my opinion. I think dot com is best for brand recongization and what not. But if you have a dot info niche site it will just as well as a dot com. It all depends on your OPSEO, backlinks, and content. .edu and .gov have a little more pull because they are government websites usually but I think sites with dot info's do just fine. Unless I am doing something where my name or reputation will be a huge thing I do dot info.

          An example would be if you were doing internet marketing you could have a dot com of your name and one of a marketing product if you were to create it. Then to help market I would build mini dot info sites to link in and spread myself around. This is what I do with most of my niches with the exception of something small like gardening or what have you (evergreen niches other than internet marketing). I even have a clickbank review site as a dot info and it does just fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
    Not directed at the OP but.

    FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!!!! Matt from Google has plainly and publically said that the domain extension means nothing in regards to ranking!
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    • Profile picture of the author houseaz
      Originally Posted by Rus Sells View Post

      Not directed at the OP but.

      FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!!!! Matt from Google has plainly and publically said that the domain extension means nothing in regards to ranking!
      That is all you need to know right there. I have .info's in the top 10 and some that are not. I have .com's in the top 10 and some that are not. It matters not the final extension.

      Now that being said if they ever launch the much vaunted .xxx domain THAT might impact your ranking...
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  • Profile picture of the author Articles4Sale
    Search for page rank checker. You will see that a .info domain is ranking very high with a PR 7
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  • Profile picture of the author zalmadesiana
    i think why domain .info is TLD (Top level Domain) because google still love it. Lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    It has no bearing on ranking, but if you flip domains/sites (or think you might in the future), it's worth considering when picking a domain extension. Right or wrong, site/domain buyers definitely value .info less than .com (and to a lesser extent vs. .org and .net).

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author kevinfar
    IMO, it's just how you use them and what you do on them. Whilst .com will initially be easier to rank, if you are using them for purposes other than search engine rankings, then it doesn't really matter.

    Of course, people are more trusting in a way for .COM rather than .INFO but I guess it's always a matter of opinion.

    Kevin
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  • Profile picture of the author Juan-Pablo
    .info's work fine for me. And if Matt Cutts said TLD doesn't matter... I believe him
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  • Profile picture of the author trishworks4u
    they are all I use now. I built 3-5 sites a day and it was no longer cost effective to do anything else.

    The performance has been fine but I DO know that re-sale value will be an issue at some point. If I'm doing a review site or promoting a specific products, however, I'll get a .com or .net. Actually my top sites are .org's.
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  • Profile picture of the author ArticlePrince
    Google does not care at all what extention your site has.
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  • Profile picture of the author pavionjsl
    I am just amazed with all the threads already on this subject it keeps coming up. Does not matter on extension.
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  • Profile picture of the author Natlex
    From my experience .info domains simply don't get a strong EMD bonus. For the people who .info works well for it's probably those that don't rely on the EMD bonus to get a site ranking
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    This question keeps popping up in very similar threads, I guess there is someone out there who is either really curious or confused about the significance (or lack of it) of .info domains when it comes to ranking sites in Google, lol.
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  • Profile picture of the author Coby
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...om-anyway.html

    I just made a long post in this thread bout my .info site success. Others have commented on it as well.

    Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author Slade556
    I haven't had a lot of success ranking .info's but it's possible that it's due to the niches I'm in and the competition I face. I have always had much more success with dot coms and dot orgs. Usually what I will do is use dot info's to test out new markets and websites and then if I see profitability in it I will find a domain that is dot com or dot org and begin the promotion and backlinking of it to rank.
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  • Profile picture of the author mrbrown123
    Hey i get great page ranks from google with .info
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    The TLD you choose isn't important, but the content of your site is.

    I'd spend more time worrying about that because that's what you're site is going to be judged and ranked on.
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    • Profile picture of the author Luis Medilo
      All these TLDs are confusing. Why not just one TLD for all websites? LOL... I get annoyed every time I register a .com, my registrar always recommends me to buy a .info, .net, .tv, .org, .me, etc. That's just spending unnecessary money in my opinion, unless I'm building my own brand. Which isn't the case because I'm just taking advantage of niches.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronan.seo
    There is no difference between any extension. It's all depend on how you do SEO on them.
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  • Profile picture of the author good2go4
    I use dot infos for my own sites if I can't get the dot coms and keep dot coms for sites I might sell - simply because a lot of people run around the net claiming that dot infos are no good - I get ranked just as easily with dot infos as I do with dot coms - as mentioned heaps in these posts it is the content, the seo and a lot of other stuff that counts with Google, not the domain extension.

    My 2cents
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  • Profile picture of the author PatriciaJ
    In my opinion the domain snobbery comes from internet marketers and definitely not from Google. If a .com ranks higher it is because that site has better SEO, been promoted better, more backlinks etc.

    If you are marketing to the general public they won't give a monkeys what the domain is, but a .info suggests information.

    For those who say that most people will automatically type .com that was in the Internet's early days before the broad use of search engines and keyword searches which most people use when they are looking for something.
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  • Profile picture of the author LetsGoViral
    Google said that domain extensions do not matter SEO wise, but people generally do not find .info's reputable. .com, .net and .org are usually the best choices.
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  • Profile picture of the author maddydp
    If google didn't give equal value for .info as .com and other TLDs. Then they wouldn't have had recognized .info as a generic TLD in the first place. A .info is same as others.
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    • Profile picture of the author FredJones
      I have got great results with the only info domain I have worked on so far. In fact, on some of the hottest and toughest keywords on a relationship niche (and it is a competitive one), my info simply refuses to go away from the first page, in spite of the fact that I did not build a single backlink in the last bunch of months.
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  • Profile picture of the author kingpin786
    .org domains always work best for me for every wordpress site I build.
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  • Profile picture of the author dexterfulton
    If you can get an unrelated keyword to rank in an unrelated market, then getting a .info extension to rank is no different. The only problem with a .info is people don't place much value on it. However, with the internet growing rapidly the future may prove to be prosperous for .info.
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