If google treats dot com and dot us the same, why the purchase price difference?

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Hi warriors,

Yes I know that a dot com is probably more memorable than the other extensions. but with the extension market widening, How can domain name registers keep up the price differential.

For instance a random url on godaddy with a dot com costs A$10.94*/yr while the dot biz costs A$5.46* is this just raw supply demand at work? Surely it doesnt cost the register company any more for their automated program to sell it to you?

I hear over and over how seo people say there is no difference regarding what common extension (not edu and gov of course) will provide you with in the opportunity to rise to the top, so is it just that people remember dot coms more?
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  • Profile picture of the author grovedigital
    I don't know how they justify the price differences between the extensions, but whenever I register a new .com I always Google search for Godaddy coupons.

    The current one is FAN3 for 35% off .COMs

    At least that way the first year registration is cheaper, and that code does work as I used it myself yesterday.
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  • Profile picture of the author dv8domainsDotCom
    wholesale pricing is set by the REGISTRY for that particular tld, while the registrar is free to charge whatever markup their marketing dept deems appropriate (factors such as brand loyalty might allow a better known registrar to charge slightly higher rates than others for new dotComs, for example). different tld's might also have that (currently) .18 cent markup for the Icann fee, but all registrars should have this cost. The bulk of what you pay for any reg with any registrar is actually passed on to the head regisTRY for that TLD. Very little markup on a per-domain basis, actually.
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  • I would say supply and demand. Pretty much all the best .com's are gone by now, I'm sure. That's what people want the most, and the have the least of it, the price goes up. Nobody wants the .info's, so you can find them at GoDaddy for $.89 sometimes.

    You would think they would sell more .info's than .nu's, though, but they are much more expensive. Last time I looked .nu's were $30.
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    • Profile picture of the author mikeroosa
      Contrary to popular belief, Google doesn't rule the Universe. The prices that are set have nothing to do with Google but with the registrar.
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      • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
        Originally Posted by mikeroosa View Post

        Contrary to popular belief, Google doesn't rule the Universe. The prices that are set have nothing to do with Google but with the registrar.
        Absolutely.

        Your comparing a search engine algorithm against the business pricing model a domain registrar.

        Doesnt seem like a logical question to me.
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        • Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

          Absolutely.

          Your comparing a search engine algorithm against the business pricing model a domain registrar.

          Doesnt seem like a logical question to me.
          This is true. To clear this up for discussion purposes, I think what the OP meant to ask was:

          "If search engines treat .com and .us the same, then why is the purchase price of each so different? Why aren't they all the same price?"

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  • Profile picture of the author bnwebm
    Believe it or not, people do type in doman names frequently. In these cases, you might remember the name of a company, but what will be your first inclination when you try to guess at the domain? In my case, I always go with the .com first.
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  • Profile picture of the author ladywriter
    I understand that there's no difference, yet I still wonder why I don't ever see .us/.biz/.me/.mobi etc. results on the first page of Google. (I rarely go past the first page though.)
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    • Originally Posted by rosegrower76 View Post

      I understand that there's no difference, yet I still wonder why I don't ever see .us/.biz/.me/.mobi etc. results on the first page of Google. (I rarely go past the first page though.)
      Are you searching for the long-tail keywords? :confused: I see lots of them. Well, not .me and .mobi so much. But a lot the other ones, too, like .info.
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      • Profile picture of the author ladywriter
        Originally Posted by Bradley J Anderson View Post

        Are you searching for the long-tail keywords? :confused: I see lots of them. Well, not .me and .mobi so much. But a lot the other ones, too, like .info.
        I'm just searching for stuff in the course of my day on Google (maybe other search engines are different?). Some long tail keywords, some not.

        I see .info, .net, and .org ... the other ones not at all.

        But if you (and others I guess?) see them regularly, maybe I just am not noticing.
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