Does anyone have any experience with .pw domains?

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I recently discovered a new domain extension - pw (professional web). What's nice about it, there are lots of great domains available, for a decent price. I want to register 2 good domains which are not available with any other extension other than .pw, but since I'm planning to do mostly SEO, I wonder how this type of extension will affect my rankings. If anyone has any experience with this type of domains, please share.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesBorg
    $ grep 'pw$' /usr/share/dict/words
    $

    Well, that sucks!

    Probably the best idea would have something to do with pw = password. Unfortunately, recover.pw, retrieve.pw, and lost.pw are unavailable. Hell, registry.pw is used by the damn .pw registry itself!

    In terms of SEO, one problem is that .pw is country-coded, and it's unclear how geotargeting will affect your rankings. Check out the following from Google:

    Sites with country-coded top-level domains (such as .ie) are already associated with a geographic region, in this case Ireland. In this case, you won't be able to specify a geographic location.

    If no information is entered in Webmaster Tools, we'll rely largely on the site's country domain (.ca, .de, etc.). If an international domain (.com, .org, .eu, etc) has been used, we'll rely on several signals, including IP address, location information on the page, links to the page, and any relevant information from Google Places. If you change hosting provider for a country domain, there should be no impact. If you change the hosting provider of an international domain to a provider in another country, we recommend using Webmaster Tools to tell us which country your site should be associated with.
    So you won't be able to modify Google's geotargeting, Google may not even bother using your IP address as a geotargeting signal, and the end result may be that Google launches you to stardom in only the glorious and much-ballyhooed Republic of Palau.
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    • Profile picture of the author JamesBorg
      Originally Posted by JamesBorg View Post

      In terms of SEO, one problem is that .pw is country-coded
      I've looked a bit more into it -- the redelegation and such. It's unclear whether Google still regards it as heavily country-coded. I personally wouldn't bother finding out.
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      • Profile picture of the author IM Player
        Looks like com, net, org extensions still remain the best options. Thanks guys. I may still probably use this type of domain for redirect links, since it's cheap (at least now). But only for that.
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  • Profile picture of the author misterkailo
    when I look on Google.. it's mostly dominated by .com so I think it's best to stick with .com
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    • Profile picture of the author AlexGeorge
      Originally Posted by misterkailo View Post

      when I look on Google.. it's mostly dominated by .com so I think it's best to stick with .com
      I have to agree here. Having a .com makes your website seem a lot more professional than ".pw". People trust sites with .com domains a lot more, and .pw isn't as trustworthy. It might sound cool, but it's much better to stick with a .com domain extension.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jhangora
    I did register a couple of .pw domains but haven't published much content on them. Did read a couple of articles about search engines treating them as generic TLDs.

    .info ranks as good as .com provided other things are equal. With hundreds of new TLDs all set to enter the Internet - I won't be surprised if the extension becomes of a lesser value in SEO, in the near Future.
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    • Profile picture of the author IM Player
      Originally Posted by Jhangora View Post


      .info ranks as good as .com provided other things are equal. With hundreds of new TLDs all set to enter the Internet - I won't be surprised if the extension becomes of a lesser value in SEO, in the near Future.
      I agree about .info extension, I've had no problem ranking two of my .info sites. Although few years ago you could read in every book about internet marketing that this is a bad idea. Maybe same will happen to .pw domans. The problem is there are very few people that would think about "professional web" when they see .pw extension. If I didn't knew what it means, I'd probably try to figure out what country is that - pw.
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      • Profile picture of the author Meharis
        Originally Posted by IM Player View Post

        I agree about .info extension, I've had no problem ranking two of my .info sites. Although few years ago you could read in every book about internet marketing that this is a bad idea. Maybe same will happen to .pw domans. The problem is there are very few people that would think about "professional web" when they see .pw extension. If I didn't knew what it means, I'd probably try to figure out what country is that - pw.

        IM Player,

        .info works best for sites providing information.
        For redirecting and domestic traffic don't forget .US.
        This particular extension is gaining ground.

        Meharis
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Just tweak a domain name and stick with ".com". I doubt having a .pw extension will make a tremendous difference in the amount of sales and traffic you get. It's all about direct marketing... not looking good. Pretty/good looking sole-proprietor sites typically has owners who dont have a clue about marketing online.
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    • Profile picture of the author IM Player
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      Just tweak a domain name and stick with ".com". I doubt having a .pw extension will make a tremendous difference in the amount of sales and traffic you get. It's all about direct marketing... not looking good. Pretty/good looking sole-proprietor sites typically has owners who dont have a clue about marketing online.
      Well, in many cases these site proprietors have somebody else to do marketing for them. At least the online part. As for .pw domain, you're right, it doesn't look good. Still, I would probably be more inclined to register "dog training dot pw" instead of something like "the best dog training available today dot com". But that's imho.

      By the way, 7000 posts in less than 2 years... that's impressive
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