Should I register this domain?

by Adie
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Okay it's been several months that I avoided registering new domains. I actually let a dozen of domains expired. This was one of my problems before (like many other). I used to register domains that I think I can use but later I just abandon it because I lost interest and/or have no time at all. Last year I had 32 domains inside my namecheap account but now I only have 9 (3 are active and 6 are being parked)...

To make the story short, I am trying to do a domain research on my new project. I found a number of 2-word long domains until I stumbled in this one.

one word (found in dictionary)
has .net extension
4 syllables and 13 letters adjective ending in "ing"
very easy to pronounce and being understood by non-English speakers


Should I register this domain and use it? My new project is about promoting clickbank products dealing with embarrassing illnesses/sickness. I already tried one of these products which is highly successful and now I want to make an authority site for this. This domain look like what I really need. My only concern is the com is not available anymore. It is not a branded domain.

Should I grab the net?

Thanks

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I just found out that the .com is for sale at domainnamesales.com for unspecified amount. It is under the care of one of their brokers. Looks like a high-priced domain.
#domain #register
  • Profile picture of the author BWHadam
    what is your plan to put on the domain?
    Go with it if you have a plan to put on it and its a related domain.

    Leave it if you are not a domain flipper, and do not have time to flip it properly.it will be a waste of money and time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adie
      Originally Posted by BWHadam View Post

      what is your plan to put on the domain?
      Go with it if you have a plan to put on it and its a related domain.

      Leave it if you are not a domain flipper, and do not have time to flip it properly.it will be a waste of money and time.
      I have a very big plan. I actually have some of the website contents ready. I always do the domain search later after preparing the web content. I have plan and it's long term.
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      • Profile picture of the author dana67
        If you have a plan and the domain name fits, and it is not an expensive domain, I say go for it. You already have thought out a way to put it to use.

        Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joan Altz
    I'd skip it myself. I purchased a lot of .org and .net domains, thinking they would be as easy to rank as .coms (I've had success doing it before), but I've noted some big changes with Google seeming to prefer .com recently. My .orgs are no longer easy to rank and I've let a lot of them drop because of it.

    If you can get a nice brandable .com that fits, you should go that route, imo, especially since you have big plans for it to make it an authority site.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adie
      Originally Posted by Joan Altz View Post

      I'd skip it myself. I purchased a lot of .org and .net domains, thinking they would be as easy to rank as .coms (I've had success doing it before), but I've noted some big changes with Google seeming to prefer .com recently. My .orgs are no longer easy to rank and I've let a lot of them drop because of it.
      Ranking does not concern me at all. I have a biz domain that occupies that top 5 position in a very crowded niche.
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      • Profile picture of the author Joan Altz
        Originally Posted by Adie View Post

        Ranking does not concern me at all. I have a biz domain that occupies that top 5 position in a very crowded niche.
        So what exactly are you worried about then? If you can rank anything and the com has not been sold or developed, what is your concern?
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        • Profile picture of the author Adie
          Originally Posted by Joan Altz View Post

          So what exactly are you worried about then? If you can rank anything and the com has not been sold or developed, what is your concern?
          Good question Joan.

          To make it more specific, have 2 questions/options.

          1. Should I go with a niche-specific long tail keyword domain with com extension (not brandable)? or
          2. Should go with a short 1-word domain that is closely related to my niche with net extension (brandable)?

          Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author youvana
      Originally Posted by Joan Altz View Post

      I'd skip it myself. I purchased a lot of .org and .net domains, thinking they would be as easy to rank as .coms (I've had success doing it before), but I've noted some big changes with Google seeming to prefer .com recently. My .orgs are no longer easy to rank and I've let a lot of them drop because of it.

      If you can get a nice brandable .com that fits, you should go that route, imo, especially since you have big plans for it to make it an authority site.
      That's really interesting Joan and something I haven't tried for a while. in the past I used to rank .info domains as easily as a .com. It sounds a bit daft, surely Google should be looking at the quality of the content on the site and not the domain name extension. However, you never do know what evil algorithm change Google is going to throw at us next, so I would not be surprised if this was true.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        I never register ".net" domains without the ".com".

        If the ".com" variation already belongs to someone else, I just "move on". I dare say that I'm missing some potential, sometimes, but I'm missing a whole lot of potential accidents and frustrations, too, and I feel that it's a very sensible overall policy. There are enough opportunities for me to make domaining profits without needing to get involved with non-.com domain-names.

        Just my perspective.

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  • Profile picture of the author costi
    I also say that you should skip it if it's .net. you should search for a .com for sure they are much better in the SEO world. Anyway if nothing is available with .com extension why not give it a try even a .net for sure if you put some effort you can have success.
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  • Since it a single word domain with the word present in the dictionary, I Highly Recommend that you buy it even if it's a .net domain. Single-Dictionary-Word domains are premium domains and you can easily flip it for 3-4 figures on Flippa. I've seen .net, .org, .co and many other domains with such extensions being flipped for so much more.
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    • Profile picture of the author Joan Altz
      Originally Posted by Adie View Post

      Good question Joan.

      To make it more specific, have 2 questions/options.

      1. Should I go with a niche-specific long tail keyword domain with com extension (not brandable)? or
      2. Should go with a short 1-word domain that is closely related to my niche with net extension (brandable)?

      Thanks
      That's a tough one, but I would say if the long tail .com is more than 3 words, don't use that and go with the brandable .net instead. Especially since you are not concerned with any ranking issues (the .com is not even a competitor to your .net).

      But if the .com is 3 words and not a "how" or "buy" .com (you know what I mean?), then the .com could be seen as more authoritative because directly relevant to the visitor's concern.

      I would always rather have a .com over a .net these days, but not a weak .com, and a lot of long tail .coms are weak in sound when spoken and appearance, but not all of them.

      The .net sounds like a strong domain as you have described it. I'm leaning toward that.

      Originally Posted by Chaudhary Daniyal View Post

      Since it a single word domain with the word present in the dictionary, I Highly Recommend that you buy it even if it's a .net domain. Single-Dictionary-Word domains are premium domains and you can easily flip it for 3-4 figures on Flippa. I've seen .net, .org, .co and many other domains with such extensions being flipped for so much more.
      He isn't looking to flip it, but maybe someday (goals change), so you do have a good point.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    Okay, I couldn't resist and just grabbed it for $6.99. Lovingdomains.com which has been one of my registrars since 2003 always give discount.

    My long tail keyword options are just 2 words but both words are long and sounds like a direct promotion (which google don't like sometimes). I no longer register "how to" domains and other EMDs.
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    • Profile picture of the author John Good
      My advice: skip searching for domains, use what you already have and go for making alive your big plan!
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    Is it possible for someone to register a copyright for the domains like understanding.com, encouraging.com, loving.com, suffocating.com, satisfying.com, believing.com, disgusting.com, enjoying.com, frustrating.com, discomforting.com, defying.com, abandoning.com, climbing.com, etc?. The domain I just registered is something similar to these adjectives but with the .net extension because the com is already taken and is available for sale by a broker for probably 5 to 6 digits price.

    What if I'll have my domain copyrighted right before the owner of the .com do it? By the way, would you pay a 5 to 6 digit price for any domains I mentioned above?

    How about the .net variations of such domains (regardless of availability), would you want any?
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by Adie View Post

      Is it possible for someone to register a copyright for the domains like ...
      No.

      Domain-names can't be copyrighted, Adie.

      (Nor can they be trademarked, per se, I believe, though of course the word/words used in them can be, under many circumstances.)

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      • Profile picture of the author Web Wizard
        You should definately go with the .net extenstion . i recently sold my one word .net on flippa and i received $5K+ for that name. it was also one word dictionary domain
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  • Profile picture of the author JensSteyaert
    Well to give an example, leadpages has a .net extension and look how well they are doing.

    I would say the extension doesn't matter too much especailly as you say seo isn't an issue, the product/site and marketing behind it does.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Gordon
    Technically, it would be trademarking, not copyrighting. And the answer is that it is not likely you would be able to trademark a generic term like that. But you really shouldn't need to, either. I think that is something you are a far way off from having to be concerned with.

    You got your generic .net domain, and have made the decision to develop it with content relevant to the term.

    At this point, all other concerns are just distractions. You know what you need to do now. Get to work!
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  • Profile picture of the author craighakwins
    Definitely go for it. If you already had setup a plan for the site, why not try it then?

    You can learn a lot from it.
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  • Profile picture of the author sudo rank
    Grab it, most people click links they don't remember the domain.

    Even if they do it's a small number of people who will forget and assume you're a .com

    I like those odd's - very small and if you get the branding right even smaller!
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      After all is said and done . . . when the dust finally settles . . . dot com is the preferred domain extension for commercial business.

      All other considerations being equal -
      • It is the business standard
      • It is the most sought after
      • It is the most professional sounding and appearing
      • It is the first alternative tried if someone is searching for a business
      • It is the most valuable
      • It will usually bring the highest price when it's resold
      There are still many, many great available dot com domains in every niche and there's no reason why you can't find one of them if you're just a little bit creative and use free automated tools that are available for discovering them.

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  • Profile picture of the author baanu
    I agree with Steve....DOT COM is the preferred extension any day. I have a couple of .org and .net dictionary word domains and honestly i have no idea what to build on it. I just got them 4-5 years back when the dictionary words were on high demand. I right now feel that it was a dead investment...maybe i should try flipping it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Djman77
    .net.......worthless
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  • Profile picture of the author Wise Webs
    Domain extension does not matter. I have seen many .net rank well in Google(problogger.net, php.net &more). I think a good brand can do well with any extension.
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