.net vs .com which one is best?

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Which one is good?
I am planning to purchase a .net domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author planetlubs
    If you are asking in regard to SEO, I find that both domain extensions are great. There is not difference in them when it comes to SEO, so what ever you chose, it will work fine. I have .net domains that are performing well in terms of rankings and organic traffic.

    However, when it comes to business, most people are used to. com extensions and so if your .com extension is still available, it would be best to take that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Timothy257
    I would stick with the .com for sure if I can't get one I might pick up an .net but the .com is first choice for me at least..

    Hope that helps
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  • Profile picture of the author RobinInTexas
    For SEO, it doesn't matter much. To get and keep visitors .com is tons better.
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  • Profile picture of the author jinxslave
    Both are best.If .com is available for purchase then its good.But if .com is not available then you can go for .net.
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  • Profile picture of the author bodyrock
    If the project is important for you why not take them both (in case both are free for registration of course)?

    I personally always stick to the .com even if I have to deal with longer domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author phoenixseo
    I purchased a .net domain.
    Can anyone suggest cheap hosting providers?
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  • Profile picture of the author datingworld
    .com is better as it looks better at the end of the domain. However for SEO, I think .com, .org and .net all are same and they need the same effort for ranking them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sagar Mehta
    Type-in traffic: .Com

    Branding Purposes: .Com

    These are my personal preferences above.

    SEO: Doesn't matter. As long as you're doing the backlinking and other SEO stuff correctly, your site will still show up in the SERPs.

    Sagar
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  • Profile picture of the author gknugurlu
    Depending on your subject you can choose either net or com. If you are not a trademark no need to purchase both com and net. If you redirect one of them to the other you will have to work for both. You need traffic from the other domain in order to redirect it. Otherwise you will own the domain that doesn't have any visitors and even if you redirect you will not get any value. If you work for both to get traffic than it's valuable.
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    • Profile picture of the author wtatlas
      Neither one is better nor worse than the other. Branding and making a site popular is made neither easier nor more difficult because of its domain name extension.

      The only people who worry about these things are internet marketers!
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      • Profile picture of the author fdashs
        Originally Posted by wtatlas View Post

        Neither one is better nor worse than the other. Branding and making a site popular is made neither easier nor more difficult because of its domain name extension.

        The only people who worry about these things are internet marketers!
        lol this is totally true. If you build a great enough product/service, you shouldn't have to worry about the TLD, etc.
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        • Profile picture of the author SiteNameSales
          Certainly .com is the premier extension and will probably always be at the top of the totem pole. But times they are a-changing and there's a lot of new TLD extensions to choose from.

          Much will depend on what kind of business you are in.

          A lot of domain experts have high hopes for the .web extension when it becomes available. Other considerations could include:

          .blog
          .club
          .directory
          .network
          .online
          .solutions
          .website

          Just a few of the new choices available now.
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          • Profile picture of the author Steve B
            Two domain names are exactly the same ... except

            One is a dot com - the other a dot net.

            Which is best? Dot com wins out every time. Why?
            • It is meant for commercial sites
            • For "type in" traffic - it is the standard (default)
            • It is most easily branded and what most people expect
            • It is more professional looking and what "the big boys" use
            • It is more scarce (which is a good thing when you own it)
            • It is the preferred extension in most people's preferences
            • When you go to sell your site or domain, all other things being equal, it will be worth more to you than any other extension
            The choice is a no-brainer.

            There are many great domain names available in every niche so don't believe the excuse that "all the good dot coms are taken" -- they aren't and all you have to do to find one is use the free tools available.

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            • Profile picture of the author jordorules
              Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

              Two domain names are exactly the same ... except

              One is a dot com - the other a dot net.

              Which is best? Dot com wins out every time. Why?
              • It is meant for commercial sites
              • For "type in" traffic - it is the standard (default)
              • It is most easily branded and what most people expect
              • It is more professional looking and what "the big boys" use
              • It is more scarce (which is a good thing when you own it)
              • It is the preferred extension in most people's preferences
              • When you go to sell your site or domain, all other things being equal, it will be worth more to you than any other extension
              The choice is a no-brainer.

              There are many great domain names available in every niche so don't believe the excuse that "all the good dot coms are taken" -- they aren't and all you have to do to find one is use the free tools available.

              Steve
              Exactly. .com all the way. I kind of don't even take .net seriously. Almost as if thinking "oh so you couldn't get the .com huh."
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        • Profile picture of the author DRP
          Originally Posted by fdashs View Post

          lol this is totally true. If you build a great enough product/service, you shouldn't have to worry about the TLD, etc.
          Your first post on the WF and you bump a thread from 2014...?

          ...why?
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        • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
          Originally Posted by fdashs View Post

          lol this is totally true. If you build a great enough product/service, you shouldn't have to worry about the TLD, etc.
          So you thought posting on a 2 yr old thread and the spam link get nuked worked huh

          No soup for you
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  • Profile picture of the author Ricardo Furtado
    Though .com is always the first choice, there is really no difference between the two.

    All the best. Regards.
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  • Profile picture of the author GorillazGoods
    Personally, I would always go with .com first since it's the most recognized and easily remembered. The only time I would go with .net, .org, etc. is if the .com extension is already taken.

    As far as SEO, the extension really doesn't matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author monicawomble
    I agree with the majority. People expect a .com when they go to the internet. It's just the way it is. Plus, if you think about it, if you're not sure of a company's Web site, you're most likely to try "company.com" before "company.net". Just my thoughts!
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    • Profile picture of the author WilliamBerg
      .com all the way. It is better for visitors, branding and SEO.

      I know that most people will say that it doesnt matter for SEO but my experince say that it does matter. Not to the search engine directly. But most people regard .com higher and it will therefore be easier to build links to a .com. Peopla assign it more trust aand are more willing to link to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author jenrlo
    I think visitors and people searching automatically think .com especially if trying to remember the name of a site.

    I would always try to go for a .com if possible. It just rolls off the tongue.
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    • Profile picture of the author fmolina2010
      If you have the .com available, always go for it. Though I agree that at this point there's almost no difference at all between a .com and a .net, however, take note that for almost any user, the first thing that they'll think about when typing a site's name is that it ends in a .com.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Tandan
    .com, .com, .com
    It's what anybody entering a web url expects. It's what autofill programs fill in. Spend the extra couple of bucks, it's totally worth it.
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    • Profile picture of the author markoBM
      Originally Posted by Nick Logan View Post

      .com, I think it is stronger still.
      well yea, agree with him. Today .net is like .com.. but myself still pref .com
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  • Profile picture of the author adventurepaul
    .com all day if possible. If that's not available and you get the .net, be careful who has the .com and what's on it. You'd hate to build an amazing website and then have all of your traffic be filtered to the .com because people type that in by mistake.

    If you're a business or building a brand, I recommend getting both if possible. Maybe get a few of the main ones (.org, .net) depending on your budget just to make sure no-one else does.

    Everyone's right that SEO-wise it's irrelevant. Everyone is most familiar with .com's though. Although, what's about to happen soon makes me wonder what's next in the world of domains!? - The biggest land rush in the history of the internet begins on February 4 – Quartz
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  • Profile picture of the author Vasary
    I prefer .com domains
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  • Profile picture of the author tyronne78
    I prefer the "dot com" over the "dot net"

    Why?

    Check out Steve B's explanation right above me.
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  • Profile picture of the author SBR
    There is no doubt that .com is the better choice in my opinion. It gives the impression of authority and professionalism to a site.
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  • Profile picture of the author gweijie
    this doesn't matter at all haha, theres lots of weird endings nowadays lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexander T
    .com for sure, always get a .com no matter what otherwise if you get return visitors they are most likely going to type .com and you are going to lose a ton of traffic that way. Trust me on this one
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    This will give you an idea of what non-IMers think : https://www.reddit.com/r/startups/co...omain_ends_in/

    They really don't have a clue...most think .org is reserved fro non-profits.

    If your market is outside MMO it becomes a different story.
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  • Profile picture of the author ANDREIS
    Always go for .com and take .net only if .com is not available. The only exemption is if your website represents some kind of a network and is about some kind of networking then .net could fit nice into that profile.
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    • Profile picture of the author manojk12
      .com is best for SEO purpose.
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  • Profile picture of the author ultimeztech
    .com is better to purchase if its a business purpose.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    .com gets my vote. Every time I hear .net I think of a large computer company. Imagine trying to sell chicken with a .net extension LOL.
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  • Profile picture of the author FreedomBlogger
    Does not really matter
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  • Profile picture of the author heartbeat101
    i wanna buy a .com name which is the same name as the .net for an existing online business. Their .net business domain is valued at $6700 but the .com which is available and i wanna buy to resell to them is valued at $850. Should I buy to hopefully profit by reselling to this unique business that has a .net website?
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Nunez
      Originally Posted by heartbeat101 View Post

      i wanna buy a .com name which is the same name as the .net for an existing online business. Their .net business domain is valued at $6700 but the .com which is available and i wanna buy to resell to them is valued at $850. Should I buy to hopefully profit by reselling to this unique business that has a .net website?
      If the .com is available then go for it, of course. Even if they don't want to buy it, you're only out like $12...that's a pretty awesome risk/reward.
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  • Profile picture of the author st0nec0ld
    Originally Posted by phoenixseo View Post

    Which one is good?
    I am planning to purchase a .net domain.
    The best for what? SEO?
    If it is for SEO purposes either will do since both are top level domain.
    So if .com is not available .net can be a good alternative.
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