Are dot net domains good enough?

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There are a couple of good .net domain names available that I want to use for affiliate marketing; are .net domains good enough to use if the .com is already taken and used for a similar site?
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    Dot net should be your second choice, yes. But it's always best to shoot for the dot com.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      It doesn't matter whether they're "good enough" or "bad enough" or "indifferent enough", either. Or how they compare with any one of 12 other, different domain-extensions. This isn't the point.

      The point is about whether or not you think it's a good or sensible idea to build a business on a domain-name of which the .com variant already belongs to someone else.

      For me, it would be a hopelessly bad idea: all downside and disadvantages. I wouldn't dream of it.

      The reality is that for most people, most of the time, it doesn't actually matter much on which domain extension they build their business, as long as they own the .com variant themselves (whether they actually use it or not).

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      • Profile picture of the author khtm
        I think it's a bit ironic you have such strong opinions about domains, yet yours is hyphenated, a practice that a lot of domain "purists" recommend against

        I personally don't care either way. .COMs are obviously great. But as more and more new extensions are coming out, they're losing their value. I own Reviewing.net - The Source Of All Reviews and haven't had issues, although it's such a common English word and the .com isn't even an established site.

        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        It doesn't matter whether they're "good enough" or "bad enough" or "indifferent enough", either. Or how they compare with any one of 12 other, different domain-extensions. This isn't the point.

        The point is about whether or not you think it's a good or sensible idea to build a business on a domain-name of which the .com variant already belongs to someone else.

        For me, it would be a hopelessly bad idea: all downside and disadvantages. I wouldn't dream of it.

        The reality is that for most people, most of the time, it doesn't actually matter much on which domain extension they build their business, as long as they own the .com variant themselves (whether they actually use it or not).

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  • Profile picture of the author TheFrenchOne
    Short answer: Yes.
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  • Profile picture of the author ptcrefko
    Yes. TLD is not important you can either use .info if you like to. Take a look at this http://missossology.info. It's .info, but how many visitors the site gets. Its abount branding, content, promotion. Whatever TLD you were using.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    Just to be more expansive.

    Will it hurt SEO? No.
    Is the domain worth more than the dot com variant? No.
    Can you compete with the dot com variant? Yes.

    When it comes to SEO, don't get too hung up on the domain extension. Seriously.

    My advice, however, is seek out a favorable dot com.

    Dot coms tend to rank better (makes life easier).
    Type-in traffic advantage.
    Resale advantage.
    Prestige advantage (which can impact EPC).
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Eddie
    For affiliate marketing, putting together a niche site etc, it wouldn't make a difference to me.

    If I was trying to build a brand then I probably would want to own the .com
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  • Profile picture of the author E-Estates
    It should be a second choice, if you don't get a .com

    There is nothing wrong with .net if you are going to use it to make money online
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  • Profile picture of the author jiji
    if you are looking to create a big brand site than I would suggest using .com domains but if you are creating a small affiliate site than .net is good enough
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    • Profile picture of the author LuckyIMer
      Originally Posted by jiji View Post

      if you are looking to create a big brand site than I would suggest using .com domains but if you are creating a small affiliate site than .net is good enough
      Exactly, if you are creating a brand, you should register the .net, .org, and other important extensions for your business.

      Also, .net and .org should be your second choice if the .com is not available.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steeleton
    For affiliate marketing, .net is just fine.

    If you are asking folks to type in the domain name into their browser, you could lose a lot of traffic to the .com.

    If you are just asking folks to click the link and they are sent to your offer or opt-in, then you'll be in great shape.
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  • Profile picture of the author Muhammaduf
    I don't like .net domains, and i'm sure Google too does it! You should go for .com domain if there's no choice to get your domain in .com extension! Then you can select .net, But it's recommended to go for .com's
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by Muhammaduf View Post

      I don't like .net domains, and i'm sure Google too does it! You should go for .com domain if there's no choice to get your domain in .com extension! Then you can select .net, But it's recommended to go for .com's
      So, did Matt Cutts tell you this personally, because it is ridiculously untrue. Google could care less about whether it's a .com or .net.

      For affiliate marketing, sure I'd use a .net in a heartbeat. Have many times.
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  • Profile picture of the author cyberwar
    .NET is fine for affiliate marketing, I own some as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author gcozzens
    Short answer is Yes, but it also depends on what you are using it for.

    .com can be better from an SEO standpoint and it's the one people gravitate to when they think of the site name if they have sort of forgotten it. .com is also better for your company presence site.

    .net will work fine if you are driving traffic to it, using it for affiliate links, membership sites, product delivery or an offshoot of your main site

    If you are driving traffic to it properly, one could argue it just doesn't matter
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO Eddie
    The myth about .com having some sort of SEO benefit needs to die.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by EdwardJ View Post

      The myth about .com having some sort of SEO benefit needs to die.
      It needs to.

      But it probably won't.

      Google has been saying that all international top-level domains are exactly the same for ranking purposes, loudly, clearly and consistently ever since I've been online (and it's true, too). But there will always be some people who imagine that .com's rank better just because they see more of them at the top of Google's SERP's. The true reasons for that are (a) so many more of them have been registered, and (b) most commercial sites use .com's, and they tend to be the people who want do SEO. But that's why that particular myth won't die, I think.

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  • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
    Some other points to consider..

    *.Coms get higher click-through rates (ads and organics)
    *Most people typing a domain add .Com on the end
    *.Coms tend to benefit from higher perceived value

    The above WILL affect ranking. Will, of course, also affect traffic from other sources. And can impact EPC.

    Edit. Various studies have been conducted that show .coms get higher click-through rates. So, as I said initially, go for the .net if you absolutely must, but .com is preferable.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      My question to you is:

      Why settle for "good enough" when you could have a great dot com name?

      There are many great brandable dot coms out there if you would simply apply a little common sense and creativity. Use some of the domain tools available like Impossibility and Lean Domain Search.

      Just remember . . . dot com is the extension of choice for commercial businesses - if you sell something online, don't settle for something less.

      As Lexy and others have mentioned, if the domain name you want is already registered, find a new and better name and register a dot com rather than settling for a different extension.

      Good luck to you,

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  • Profile picture of the author fin
    I don't like them at all, but I agree if it's just a niche site it doesn't really matter.

    Question is: what if your niche site eventually has the potential to grow into a huge authority site (assuming your domain name isn't exact match in a small niche)?
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  • Profile picture of the author BradCarroll
    How tweakable are the .net names that you like? You may be able to alter them slightly and come up with some memorable .com names.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    I never register anything but .coms. I will change the domain before I'll change the extension.

    It's just a quirk I guess. To me, anything besides a .com seems like a cheap, wanna-be domain.
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    • Profile picture of the author Tom Addams
      Originally Posted by Brent Stangel View Post

      I never register anything but .coms. I will change the domain before I'll change the extension.

      It's just a quirk I guess. To me, anything besides a .com seems like a cheap, wanna-be domain.
      This is the reason I never purchase .nets for investment (domain) purposes. I know a great many respected sites using .nets but overall this is the general reaction (it's my own reaction). I know we're talking about housing an affiliate site on this but, IMO, you always have to consider resale value when setting up a venture.
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  • Profile picture of the author shani99
    I think for affiliate marketing, it doesn't matter that much But still .com should be your preferrence.
    And if it was for your blog or your own personal brand (like more long term uses), then I think you should always go for .com
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