What is the difference between .com and .net

by JeffersonB 9 replies
Is there any real difference when it comes to google?

or even when it comes to people remembering the website?
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  • Profile picture of the author henrysy
    I have .net websites that are doing better in terms of ranking in google than my .com sites. However, between the two .com will always be the majority's choice. Personally, I only settle on .net when the domain name that I want is no longer available in .com.
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    • Profile picture of the author Stephen De Bond
      I believe .com has branding dominance over .net as a domain name owing to the fact that .com is mentioned much more in other media’s online and off.

      And due to the historical nature of the internet .com comes to peoples minds quicker than .net.

      As for Google I am sure there is no difference or preference.
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    Originally Posted by JeffersonB View Post

    Is there any real difference when it comes to google?

    or even when it comes to people remembering the website?

    That IS a silly question! The answer? WHO CARES!?

    .COM is:

    1. the first thing people will try.
    2. what people assume will be the domain's TLD.
    3. the default in many areas.
    4. the default in many sites.
    5. generally preferred over .net.

    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author dbh
      Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

      That IS a silly question! The answer? WHO CARES!?

      .COM is:

      1. the first thing people will try.
      2. what people assume will be the domain's TLD.
      3. the default in many areas.
      4. the default in many sites.
      5. generally preferred over .net.

      Steve
      Steve's right but I don't think that its a silly question. I've often wondered about this myself.....

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      • Profile picture of the author Mraz
        • .com is the de facto in internet branding.
        • .com would also get indexed faster & higher in any search engine.
        • Everyone treats non-.com-ers as "secondary".
        • .com is generally for commerce/businesses, and other tlds has its own purposes.
        • Aside from that, there is little different in people remembering .com or .net website. From my experience, these days, people remember website name + their tld from the get-go, and won't even bother tries other tld related to its name. Bookmarking and rss may be the reason.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason K. Thomas
    Agreed. .com is the standard and the only way to go, especially when you're trying to build a brand / name recognition. And Google does show favor towards' the .com names.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheMagicShow
    It makes no difference to google and your rankings if you have a .com or .net, If a .com name is taken then .net will do as well. I have seen so many bogus default landing pages for good .com names, these people just buy the domain and leave it parked.

    A good example of how a .net is a good inventment is Ron's website which is a .net, the .com is owned by Lipton, and ron has an amazing site and name eventhough it is a .net extension.
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    • Profile picture of the author JeffersonB
      Thanks for the feedback -
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      • Profile picture of the author Dan Grossman
        I have a site with over 15,000 customers over the past 4 years on a .info domain. And a product site I launched a month ago, that's sold about 30 copies of pretty expensive software, on .net. They both rank well and customers that come in from search engines don't care what the domain extension is.

        If repeat traffic is important, though, then .com is easier for people to remember.
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