.org .net .info for affiliate sites

by dberen
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What is your experience with using .org, .net, or .info for affiliate sites, or should I just focus on .com domains?

Would .org appear less "suspicious" and possibly more authoritative?

Also, do you think there would be any "issue" with including the words 'academy' or 'university' in the domain name for an affiliate website?

Thanks for your input!
David
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  • Profile picture of the author melanied
    I would stick with the top 3 TLDs - .com, .net, .org. Disclaimer - I base this solely on my own experience surfing Google - how many .info sites have you just happened to come across? For me - almost none.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Hunt
      To me the .com just looks better. I know it has no difference in terms of SEO etc but I always question sites without .com .org or .net as being suspicious.

      Not everyone notices them though.
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      • Profile picture of the author CashTactics
        Originally Posted by Jason Hunt View Post

        To me the .com just looks better. I know it has no difference in terms of SEO etc but I always question sites without .com .org or .net as being suspicious.

        Not everyone notices them though.
        Jason said it best! You want to go with what looks best and .com just looks good to people. Its common and it's reliable. A .com doesn't lie to the consumer.

        .net is my second choice... After that I look somewhere else.
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  • Profile picture of the author CurtisN
    My experience with my crappy and ugly .info affiliate website is that I made 10 sales of a $1997 product with it (unfortunately, many got refunded).

    IMO, it's not about the domain extension, but the content. Perhaps people will have a reaction to .info's like "ew", but if you have a good title tag and a good description, it shouldn't look different than a similar site on a .com, .net or .org.
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    • Profile picture of the author Stu Eaves
      Speaking from personal experience only, I always try to get .com first, but most of the time it's taken. So then I go for a .net if I can. I don't ever get .org's because I've always seen them as more like charities or non-profit organisations myself. Being in the UK, I find (surprisingly) that .co.uk's and .org.uk's get ranked well, even on google.com (not just the uk site) and I must say that i've had MAINLY US customers on my .co.uk sites - weird I know, but that's just my personal experience. I wouldn't hesitate to use a .co.uk instead of a .com these days. And in the UK, all you seem to hear is .co.uk websites on the radio and tv so a .co.uk it totally acceptable over here.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sid Kaplan
    I prefer .com .net and .org I have not had much success with .info but I don't believe it is because of the TLD

    I think marrying a good domain name to excellent content strongly influences your ranking. If you can get your keywords into your domain name and support that in your content you should do okay.
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  • Profile picture of the author CurtisN
    I didn't used to think that the domain extension really mattered for SEO purposes, but I've had a tougher time trying to rank my .info's as opposed to my .net's.
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  • Profile picture of the author dlwebb610
    Everything I've read says that .com is the most recognized as a business and the is the most recognized, which is why a .com is harder to get with your desired name. I've even read that you are better off changing your desired name in order to get a .com.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raymond Grey
    I used to go for .com & .net but I started using .com & .org and have had better results with .org than .net
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  • Profile picture of the author samcarson
    Anyone has experience with a .US ?
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    • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
      Originally Posted by melanied View Post

      I would stick with the top 3 TLDs - .com, .net, .org. Disclaimer - I base this solely on my own experience surfing Google - how many .info sites have you just happened to come across? For me - almost none.
      My experience exactly.

      Originally Posted by Stu Eaves View Post

      Speaking from personal experience only, I always try to get .com first, but most of the time it's taken. So then I go for a .net if I can. I don't ever get .org's because I've always seen them as more like charities or non-profit organisations myself. Being in the UK, I find (surprisingly) that .co.uk's and .org.uk's get ranked well, even on google.com (not just the uk site) and I must say that i've had MAINLY US customers on my .co.uk sites - weird I know, but that's just my personal experience. I wouldn't hesitate to use a .co.uk instead of a .com these days. And in the UK, all you seem to hear is .co.uk websites on the radio and tv so a .co.uk it totally acceptable over here.
      This could work to your advantage...especially with review sites. .Org's, since they're associated with non-profits, tend to feel more trustworthy from the get-go.

      Originally Posted by Raymond Grey View Post

      I used to go for .com & .net but I started using .com & .org and have had better results with .org than .net
      Yup. .Com, then .Org, then .Net. Coms and Orgs always rank well out of the box.

      Originally Posted by samcarson View Post

      Anyone has experience with a .US ?
      I've been having a really hard time with my personal site, bluesquares.us. I no longer recommend these sites from personal experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author kayelex
    From an SEO perspective, they all work the same. But, if you plan on ever flipping the site, want to become an authority on something, etc, then you need to stick with the .net, .org or .com

    If I was considering that the site may eventually be sold, then I would always try to get a .com
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  • Profile picture of the author JoMo
    If you are doing anything with sales stay away from .org. It would rub a lot of people the wrong way to have a .org marketing/sales page.
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  • Profile picture of the author Clint
    I do whichever one is cheapest, unless I was going to flip the site in which case I would use.com every time.

    People see .com as a status symbol.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raghav Mishra
    Well, I prefer .com, but w.r.t. your question, affiliate sites shouldn't be affected
    by the extension. It's about the traffic, the numbers.
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    • Profile picture of the author Craig McPherson
      One of my sites is a .info
      It is in my sig below

      It has ranked top 3 for over 2 years now for a term with over 141 million competing pages
      and brings me plenty of uniques per day

      .info's work fine here.
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