Are ".net" domains a good choice?

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Hey Warriors!

Sadly, the short ".com" domain names are becoming a rarity. It's difficult to find good ones, it's possible but very difficult. This got me thinking, what are other domain extensions like.

I want to know, what are your opinions on ".net" domain names? Are they good? Also the site I am thinking of registering is would be a UK site, is a ".net" still worth considering?

Thanking you in advance,

Joe Crosbie.
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  • Profile picture of the author typoo999
    Why don't you get "co.uk" domain if it will be a UK site?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Joe Crosbie View Post

    the site I am thinking of registering is would be a UK site, is a ".net" still worth considering?
    It wouldn't be, for me, Joe. For a UK site I would (and do) use a domain-name that ends in ".uk" and British hosting. Otherwise you're just putting yourself at an unnecessary disadvantage. (I didn't quite believe that it would, but switching my hosting from the US to the UK made a significant difference to me).

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    • Profile picture of the author JSProjects
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      It wouldn't be, for me, Joe. For a UK site I would (and do) use a domain-name that ends in ".uk" and British hosting. Otherwise you're just putting yourself at an unnecessary disadvantage. (I didn't quite believe that it would, but switching my hosting from the US to the UK made a significant difference to me).

      What impact does server location have on rankings? - YouTube
      I was about to say that I don't think it matters much. But you made a pretty interesting point, which I'll definitely keep in mind if I start targeting UK markets.
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  • Profile picture of the author ejullya
    Hi Joe,

    yes they are good to use. Darren Rowse has his famous blog "problogger" on .net. The only problem with having .net or another one is that when people are specifically searching using the name of the blog/website they may input .com by habit or expectations and then they will land on the .com site rather than yours
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  • Profile picture of the author ElGuapo
    I don't think there is any shortage of .com domains if you are creating a brand rather than going for an EMD. I presume you are aiming for a keyword?

    Oh, and as Typoo999 and Alexa said, go for the .co.uk if you're aiming for British traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author joaquin112
    .com will always be better than .net. Someone out there has the .com and if you achieve any kind of success, you will be sending them free traffic (as people often write the .com instead of the .net).

    If you're aiming for UK traffic, I suggest that you get both the .com and the .co.uk domains.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matt Kendo
      Originally Posted by joaquin112 View Post

      .com will always be better than .net. Someone out there has the .com and if you achieve any kind of success, you will be sending them free traffic (as people often write the .com instead of the .net).

      If you're aiming for UK traffic, I suggest that you get both the .com and the .co.uk domains.

      That is a really good point, on top of the fact that .com is just more known, trusted etc...Almost anyone will tell you to always stick to .com because it is just more reputable. Keep looking, I recommend instantdomainsearch.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Crosbie
    Thanks for your responses guys.

    @typoo99, That is something I want but the name I had thought of, which was really good and easily brandable, is taken for both ".com" and ".co.uk".

    @Alexa Smith, I usually use ".co.uk" domain names, but the name was not available on this occasion, I guess I am going to have think of something else . I am in some shock right now as I never knew that server location affects ranking :O! That has really stunned me, does anyone know a way around this? I've heard you can specific IP's for domain names, I don't want to move all my sites hahha!

    @ejullya, I agree with you there. However since much of the traffic for this site would come from social media promotion, I was hoping that would balance it out.

    @ElGuapo, I do agree with you, however on this occasion, the domain was two words put together which sounded really nice.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Joe Crosbie View Post

      I usually use ".co.uk" domain names, but the name was not available on this occasion

      Maybe
      think about .org.uk instead? Although you perhaps wouldn't want to build a UK business on a domain-name of which the .co.uk version already belongs to someone else? That would be a little like building a "non-location-specific" business on a domain-name of which the .com extension already belongs to someone else? People do it all the time, but it's still pretty hard to see that being the optimal decision, in the long run? :confused:

      Originally Posted by Joe Crosbie View Post

      I never knew that server location affects ranking :O! That has really stunned me, does anyone know a way around this?
      I moved mine (to Heart Internet, in England, who are a nice and good hosting company), and gained SEO traffic as a result (as many others here have done, according to earlier threads on this same subject). It depends whether SEO traffic matters to you, though. I thought at the time that it would, to me.
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      • Profile picture of the author Joe Crosbie
        Originally Posted by joaquin112 View Post

        .com will always be better than .net. Someone out there has the .com and if you achieve any kind of success, you will be sending them free traffic (as people often write the .com instead of the .net).

        If you're aiming for UK traffic, I suggest that you get both the .com and the .co.uk domains.
        I agree there, I think I was so frustrated that the name I really wanted was taken. I am going to spend a little why going over some other name ideas.
        Thanks again

        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post


        Maybe
        think about .org.uk instead?
        I have never liked the ".org.uk" domains, I don't really see them very often in the rankings. I agree with your comments now and you have brought the problem into clarity.

        Thank you
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        • Profile picture of the author Martin Luxton
          Joe,

          Interesting thing I've noticed with Galaxy Tab - on their virtual keyboard one of the keys is ".com" - there's no ".net" in sight.

          So it seems Samsung's assumption is that people generally look for a ".com"

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  • Profile picture of the author Ephrils
    I try to go with the big three of COM, NET, ORG, in that order.

    My most successful site is a NET website and I'm on the first page of Google for my term so I don't think it matters SEO-wise. To me NET is one of the trustworthy ones, on initial sight, that there is.

    This site I could not get the COM for it, but looking back I don't think I would if I had been able. Sometimes the NET works well for your site's name an image.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joe Crosbie
      Originally Posted by Martin Luxton View Post

      Joe,

      Interesting thing I've noticed with Galaxy Tab - on their virtual keyboard one of the keys is ".com" - there's no ".net" in sight.

      So it seems Samsung's assumption is that people generally look for a ".com"

      Martin
      When you mentioned that, I realised all device (newer ones anyways) do that. Apple do it, Samsung do it and I believe Nokia do it.

      That's a really good comment! Thanks for sharing!

      Originally Posted by Ephrils View Post

      I try to go with the big three of COM, NET, ORG, in that order.

      My most successful site is a NET website and I'm on the first page of Google for my term so I don't think it matters SEO-wise. To me NET is one of the trustworthy ones, on initial sight, that there is.

      This site I could not get the COM for it, but looking back I don't think I would if I had been able. Sometimes the NET works well for your site's name an image.
      I see, the reason I was interested in a ".net" was because a lot of companies seem to do well with them. Obviously with a large successful marketing campaign, any domain can be successful but still.

      Interesting that your most successful was a ".net". Thanks for sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Clickbank seems to think so...
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  • Profile picture of the author dkla27
    Seo-wise .com .net and .org are pretty much the same. The only problem with .net and .org is that you may miss some returning traffic (possibly to competitors) to the .com that has the same name.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

      Clickbank seems to think so...
      Ooh, well ... fair comment up to a point, Lord Copper - but they own and use the .com too, don't they?

      Originally Posted by dkla27 View Post

      Seo-wise .com .net and .org are pretty much the same.
      SEO-wise they're exactly the same. Nobody's questioning that (I hope). But there's a lot more to domain-extension selection than just SEO. (And the OP wants a UK site for this domain, anyway - which is geotargeted rather than being an international TLD).
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    • Profile picture of the author opalfx
      it varies in keyword. big marketers seem to pitch .orgs for niche sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author kurttasche
    I don't think domain extensions really carry much weight anymore. Just depends on the keyword you are trying to target.
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  • Profile picture of the author James Campbell
    Originally Posted by Joe Crosbie View Post

    Hey Warriors!

    Sadly, the short ".com" domain names are becoming a rarity. It's difficult to find good ones, it's possible but very difficult. This got me thinking, what are other domain extensions like.

    I want to know, what are your opinions on ".net" domain names? Are they good? Also the site I am thinking of registering is would be a UK site, is a ".net" still worth considering?

    Thanking you in advance,

    Joe Crosbie.
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  • Profile picture of the author kiadu
    hi joe, i think select domain .com is still the best. although, it's rarity but we can find a good domain name what 's low or medium worth considering by the selection of keyword using adword keyword tool for your domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    If you can't get .com then .Net followed by .Org are the best choices.
    .com works fine for me in the UK
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  • Profile picture of the author MrMonetize
    There is nothing wrong with .NET domains, I own and rank a few of them. If you were building a site for online purposes, then there isn't much difference between the main TLDs. Obviously the .COM is the most preferable and you can lose some type in traffic to that extension if someone else owns it. But I wouldn't turn down a good .NET domain if the others were taken, I would just research all the other sites before making a considered purchase.

    If I was building an offline business then I would always try get the .COM, and .CO.UK for UK businesses and just redirect the UK domain to the .COM. If the business is already established I would strive for the best domain, but if it was a new idea, I would even go as far as changing the business name just to make sure I owned the .COM.

    As Alexa mentioned, always hosts UK sites with a UK host, and a US host for US based sites. Google does use this signal to determine your ranking and it makes sense. There is no point in ranking UK sites in the US and vise versa, unless its some type of authority site. I've just had a browse of the top 200 sites on Alexa.com after reading this thread, mainly out of curiosity. There are some huge authority sites in there so they can't be that bad..

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  • Profile picture of the author YellowGreenMedia
    The TLD extension doesn't matter AT ALL!!! i have many Dutch sites on .info., .net, .com, .biz and .cc domains and they all outrank the .nl domains... if you find a nice .net name, use it... Google doesn't give you negative or positive props for any TLD extension.

    If you build a nice site and do your SEO like you're suppose to. you will have no problem ranking your site, no matter what TLD extension you have
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  • Profile picture of the author MrMonetize
    Originally Posted by troy23 View Post

    Here are reviews of the best 10 UK Web hosting providers.

    Unsure which ones are strictly UK though as there are some US ones in there such as GoDaddy.
    I've been with 5 of those hosts over the years, and most of them were garbage. Hostgator, iPage & FatCow have US based datacentres as far as I know, and just advertise to the UK market.
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  • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
    Originally Posted by troy23 View Post

    Here are reviews of the best 10 UK Web hosting providers.
    Unsure which ones are strictly UK though as there are some US ones in there such as GoDaddy.
    Top 10 Web Hosting Firms - Customer Reviews, Free Website Domain, FAQ, Best Articles
    That's a fake list.
    It only lists high paying affiliates. The person who made it probably never used any of them.

    Several of those are the same company ... EIG
    Fatcow, Justhost, iPage, Hostgator, Bluehost = all EIG brands

    That list is crap.
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  • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
    Originally Posted by troy23 View Post

    Here are reviews of the best 10 UK Web hosting providers.

    Unsure which ones are strictly UK though as there are some US ones in there such as GoDaddy.

    Top 10 Web Hosting Firms - Customer Reviews, Free Website Domain, FAQ, Best Articles
    Is that your site? It's an affiliate stuffed list and lists none of the quality UK hosts.

    My experience of transferring sites from US hosts to UK hosts was the opposite of Alexa's. It made absolutely no difference whatsover to rankings or visitor numbers.
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    • Profile picture of the author MrMonetize
      Originally Posted by rosetrees View Post

      My experience of transferring sites from US hosts to UK hosts was the opposite of Alexa's. It made absolutely no difference whatsover to rankings or visitor numbers.
      It is a ranking factor, how much of one is debatable but watch Matt Cutts video above and he will explain why. Was it a UK domain because that will explain it? Or did you have the site GEO located in Google Webmaster Tools at the time?
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  • Profile picture of the author MarkBrook
    .net domains are mostly use for networking sites but if your business related with some web related programs than you can go with it but if you are looking for .com you can have just small change in URL with analysis or go with .co.(country specific).
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Fallaize
    2 reasons I go for .coms - They are worth more when you come to sell your site, and people are more familiar with them. My second choice is .net
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  • Profile picture of the author Reinhart Osmond
    Hi.
    I think domain dot net or dot com equally as good because they include TLD domain.
    My advice if you want to make better use of UK sites dot Co dot UK for being more specific domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
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    No it's an article I found on the net.

    Would you care to list any quality UK ones, because in my experience they are all rubbish?
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  • Profile picture of the author smodha
    I've never had a problem with ".net" domain extensions before. In fact my very first $200 cheque was promoting a MMO product on a "productnamereview.net" domain.

    I haven't used a ".net" for some time but I doubt it makes that much difference. Look at all the brands using it.

    I would say it's not as powerful as a ".com". In my experience, they are much easier to rank.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I doubt it matters. Maybe slightly when it comes to SEO, but if you're driving traffic from other sources (like paid advertising)... i see it having no huge impact.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gonzosan
      I never understood when people said ".com is becoming rare", it's like saying "all the good business names are being taken". I've heard it said a few times now and it just boggles me. Like others said .com is the best but plenty of big names use .net with no problem. Just look at zenhabits.net which is one of the biggest blogs out there. Personally I go after .com but if it's not available then .net is perfectly fine. If I can't find either of those then I try to make changes to my name. Good luck!
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      • Profile picture of the author Master Dayton
        While there might be some truth to a .com name always being the best one because people tend to automatically think .com, but when it comes to SEO I can say with quite a bit of certainty from my own experience ranking niche sites and from working with SEO based companies and at Go Daddy's that the .net isn't that important. A .net can easily rank like a .com when it comes to SEO. If your main traffic sources will be social, video, advertising it matters even less, IMO. I will agree with what a lot of other people here have said though, if you're looking for UK traffic, then look at the .co.uk ending. Hope that helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author sheep
    put some money together and buy a .com
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  • Profile picture of the author hndsign
    i have domain .net for my ecommerce. i'm enjoy with it
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  • Profile picture of the author SugarKisses
    1st choice is .com , second is .net and the last is info.
    to me .com is more powerful than .net, people used to serch the
    domain by .com than .net
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by SugarKisses View Post

      1st choice is .com , second is .net and the last is info.
      My customers and subscribers, throughout a wide range of niches, tell me the exact opposite.

      To them, ".info" speaks of an "informational site" and that's something they instinctively trust, and it has credibility with them. A ".com" speaks of "just another marketer trying to sell me something", and they trust that less.

      Marketers have the habit of looking at this issue very differently from customers.

      I still don't want to set up and run a business on a domain-name of which the .com extension already belongs to someone else, if I can avoid it, but I'm sometimes registering the ".com" extensions only protectively and redirecting them to the extension I'm actually using. I'm interested in what my customers and subscribers tell me, not in what other marketers believe, see others saying, and keep repeating. Call me a skepchick, but to me, most of that stuff is just a collection of "urban myths", and seeing it for what it is often carries financial rewards.
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  • Profile picture of the author ATTEK
    I recommend .com domains.

    I think the .com domains looks more professional, but also I think it brings more traffic.

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  • Profile picture of the author ChromeHost
    .com vs .net or any other TLD does not matter when it comes to SEO. If your website is popular, people will know that it is supposed to be .net

    Just look at websites like slickdeals
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  • Profile picture of the author TheMaleRN
    I usually go for .org/.info/.net
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  • Profile picture of the author PinkStar
    I know I don't think less of a site if it has another tld than a .com. But what does surfers think? Do they care at all?
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  • Profile picture of the author koubain
    if you didn't find the .com add a suffix or prefix to your keyword
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