Is .co as good as .com ?

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just wondering if its worth going for?
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  • Profile picture of the author Suthan M
    I had the same problem recently when I was thinking of a suitable name for my website .. Should i go for .co or .com as I was able to find a awesome sounding .co name.

    At the end of the day, i went with .com instead simply because it is much universally accepted and used and easier to brand.
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  • Profile picture of the author blogdog
    .com is definitely more universally accepted. I wouldn't bother with a .co personally, and just stick to .com, .org, .co.uk, .info, .net e.t.c
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  • Profile picture of the author jamesrich1
    Nope, the top 3 for ranking purposes are .COM, .NET and .ORG
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  • Profile picture of the author mahol
    Not at all bro. .com domains are anytime best and universally accepted....go for it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      .co, just like .tv and .me domains, are now considered international TLD's by Google, for ranking purposes (rather than only ranking well in Colombia, which was the situation when they were new).

      Google has announced this openly, and Matt Cutts has confirmed it both on blogs and on video.

      For ranking purposes, there's absolutely no difference at all between .co and .com (and .net, .org, .info, .me and others). If you see people saying that .co is harder to rank than .com (which, in these threads, one normally does), their information is now slightly out of date.

      There are, of course, many other reasons (and especially resale potential) why .com is preferable to .co, but SEO isn't one of them.
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      • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        .co, just like .tv and .me domains, are now considered international TLD's by Google, for ranking purposes (rather than only ranking well in Colombia, which was the situation when they were new).

        Google has announced this openly, and Matt Cutts has confirmed it both on blogs and on video.

        For ranking purposes, there's absolutely no difference at all between .co and .com (and .net, .org, .info, .me and others). If you see people saying that .co is harder to rank than .com (which, in these threads, one normally does), their information is now slightly out of date.

        There are, of course, many other reasons (and especially resale potential) why .com is preferable to .co, but SEO isn't one of them.
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  • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
    When it comes to the domain extension, I've always felt that there's no real difference in terms of ranking.

    But if you're trying to build a brand then you want the .com, or to a lesser extend the .net / .org.
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  • Profile picture of the author jmark1107
    yes, Maybe this is such like, .edu or .gov. This .co is use for corporation or rather organization.
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  • Profile picture of the author MacMiller
    Just ask yourself: Have YOU personally ever seen a ".co" ranked in the top 10 search results?

    Chances are you haven't, which should answer your question.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by MacMiller View Post

      Just ask yourself: Have YOU personally ever seen a ".co" ranked in the top 10 search results?

      Chances are you haven't, which should answer your question.
      Mac, have you ever wondered how many .co domains have been issued, compared with the number of .com domains in existence? Just wondering if that might actually be the main reason you don't see them in the top 10 results?

      That and the fact that at one time they were disadvantaged for SEO until Google's announcement mentioned above, when that all changed. Before that, almost nobody was using them for sites they wanted to rank well. That might be another reason, too, no?
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      • Profile picture of the author MacMiller
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Mac, have you ever wondered how many .co domains have been issued, compared with the number of .com domains in existence? Just wondering if that might actually be the main reason you don't see them in the top 10 results?

        That and the fact that at one time they were disadvantaged for SEO until Google's announcement mentioned above, when that all changed. Before that, almost nobody was using them for sites they wanted to rank well. That might be another reason, too, no?
        That may be true, it was a very relative answer. That being said, even with the new updates, I have never seen a .co in the search results. Whether that be because the new updates giving them equal consideration have not been empowered long enough to see any real results, or because, like you mentioned, there are simply no where near as many .co's and .com's out there!

        That is a very good point you brought up, I wan't looking at the situation from your angle before.
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        • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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          Originally Posted by MacMiller View Post

          That may be true, it was a very relative answer. That being said, even with the new updates, I have never seen a .co in the search results. Whether that be because the new updates giving them equal consideration have not been empowered long enough to see any real results, or because, like you mentioned, there are simply no where near as many .co's and .com's out there!

          That is a very good point you brought up, I wan't looking at the situation from your angle before.
          Type in salsa dvds and livetodance.co, which I have been working on backlinking is on the bottom of page one.

          I have another .co on page one, #1 and they are the only two .co's that I have sent backlinks to and both are on page one.
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          • Profile picture of the author Domainate
            Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

            Type in salsa dvds and livetodance.co, which I have been working on backlinking is on the bottom of page one.
            FYI, I didn't see it on the first 5 pages. In fact, other than 2 .org, 1 .de and 1 .net, I saw nothing but .com, and page 1 had only .com.

            There are now more than 1% of registered .co domains vs. .com domains. So theoretically you should see 1 .co on page 1 for every 100 .com domains if it was ranking as well. As others have mentioned, age is taken into account too, but Google has tended to show preference to com/net/org over even other fairly aged gTLDs like .info and .biz and I don't see .co being in any better shape than those two extensions.
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            • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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              Originally Posted by Domainate View Post

              There are now more than 1% of registered .co domains vs. .com domains. So theoretically you should see 1 .co on page 1 for every 100 .com domains if it was ranking as well.
              No, that really isn't correct. For the two reasons I've explained above.

              That would be valid only if (a) they had both been around for the same length of time (which they haven't) and (b) people used them for the same uses regarding their ranking intentions (which they don't).
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        • Profile picture of the author Ben Gordon
          Originally Posted by MacMiller View Post

          That may be true, it was a very relative answer. That being said, even with the new updates, I have never seen a .co in the search results. Whether that be because the new updates giving them equal consideration have not been empowered long enough to see any real results, or because, like you mentioned, there are simply no where near as many .co's and .com's out there!

          That is a very good point you brought up, I wan't looking at the situation from your angle before.
          That's because .com was released over 10 years ago and .co was released 2 years ago. Aging domains do matter for SEO. Another thing to consider about the release date with regards to the domain extensions is whether people had time to build up their website, brand and ultimately, business by this time. There are many implications to why .com domains are higher rank than .co domains, but none of them are because Google takes .com as higher value than .co.
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    • Profile picture of the author pjp007
      Originally Posted by MacMiller View Post

      Just ask yourself: Have YOU personally ever seen a ".co" ranked in the top 10 search results?

      Chances are you haven't, which should answer your question.
      Type in "car games". Who do you see in the top 5? Right...
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  • Profile picture of the author AUKev
    From a pure SEO standpoint, my findings are that .co domains rank well and rank fast. I have a number of .co domains for local service industries that I have been ranking within 10 days for SEVERAL strong keywords and all have kept those rankings continuous for 6+ months.

    As Alexa said above, outside of SEO, there are some drawbacks to .co from a visitor perception. I do not have any split testing to verify, but I am guessing that .co domains would get less traffic from a similar ranked .com. How much less, I do not know.

    I will always go for an original TLD first and if not available, will not hesitate to go for a .co if branding is not super important.
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  • Profile picture of the author tropvik
    Originally Posted by dreamtunnel View Post

    just wondering if its worth going for?
    bro ALWAYS try to shoot for the .COM, think about it as premium historical real state properties.

    i always find great .COM's by using DomainsBot - Available domain suggestions, name spinner,expired and expiring domain name search,for sale domains, domain name check, whois lookup and registration. Domain, Twitter, Facebook identity suggesitons.

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    • Profile picture of the author Keepinitreal
      you will never go wrong wit .com, its well established domained. Considering all things said (wf consensus) you should be asking yourself why shouldn't you be using .com
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  • Profile picture of the author jardi
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    .com lucks more professional! .co sounds like if its a free domain! (people dont like that in a sales page) and the only way it looks very proffesional will be something like; mysuperdomainname.co.UK that lucks awesome
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben Gordon
    I would recommend you get a .com domain. There are many reasons as to why you should get one, however, I will not go in depth because many other members have explained this reasoning in this thread. Simply take my, and other Warrior's, word for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan2525
    Originally Posted by dreamtunnel View Post

    just wondering if its worth going for?
    At the moment .com is definitely king.

    Only get your name (for protection) in a .co
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  • Profile picture of the author DriftZ
    Simple Answer: No.
    .Com is universally accepted and more frequent searched
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    • Profile picture of the author TerryL
      While it is almost always better to get the .com if you can, .co domains can and do rank quickly if the on-page SEO of the site is good. I've been experimenting with a few .co domains recently, when the .com versions I wanted (as well as the .net, .org, and .infos) were taken, and I've had good results with them. I've seen them move up into the top 50 of Google within a couple of days of setting up sites on them, and up to page 1 within a few weeks of adding content and good back links.

      While people will always be more comfortable with the .com, and the .com is no doubt more valuable on the resale market, the .co can be a good addition to your domain portfolio if you're using it to build niche sites. It ranks just as easily as a .com, in my experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author mickmccrory
    If you know good SEO, then you can rank anything!
    meditationtechniques.co ranks #1 for stomach mediation techniques, and this site is pretty well put together, and ranks for a few meditation related keywords, maybe not #1, but it does rank.
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  • Profile picture of the author fin
    I'd go with a dot com if it's an important site.

    Save you a lot of headaches, for example, other people remembering it.
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  • Profile picture of the author bgray
    It's an option because G is considering it a GTLD for search purposes. However, I'd seriously try to find another solution. It can suffice for a side project or lander but if you are looking for a long term money site you should keep looking.

    Besides all of the obvious negatives you have to account for lost traffic. Dot co sites will always leak a decent amount of link equity and typein traffic to the .com. Typing .com is a subconcious habit for most at this point. How much will that lost traffic be worth once you've invested the time and money to grow the site?
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  • Profile picture of the author francof
    .com will always be the best to use IMO because it's the default extension people will remember. There are so many other extentions that if you don't use .com and use something else, the chances of people remember if it's .ca, .uk, .us, .co... etc etc! are not really in your favor.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Marc
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    If you wish to make a REAL 'quality' site that will 'indeed' cater to your target audience (like a regularly updated niche blog with interesting/unique content), .co or .com or anything else is all the same. No SEO implications at all!

    I would actually go for a .co domain if 'co' is last two letters of my intended site name like 'dubanco' (imaginary word), and leave the domain necked (i.e. duban.co, without subdomain such as www.duban.co) like del.icio.us.

    for any other purposes, .com is the way to go...

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  • Profile picture of the author warhammer
    TLDs are not relevant to Google anymore: Big G only distinguishes between non-geotargetable ccTLDs and gTLDs (.com and geotargetable ccTLDs like .co fall into this category). To those claiming they have never seen a .co on first page: search for car games on Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasono
    No difference for ranking purposes. It's just that .com is widely known. So if you can go for .com then go for it.
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