Are .info extensions good for SEO?

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I am in the process of buidling some micro niche blogs. But before I purchase any domain names I want to know if .info extensions will work good for SEO purposes? Is it better to just stick with .com, .net or .org's?
#extensions #good #info #seo
  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    Honestly, I seldom see .info's on the top results..

    considering that this is the cheapest domain available
    most probably there are way more of these than .com's
    etc. The fact that even if that is the case it's still
    pretty seldom to see them in the top of the serps,
    to me is an indication that it doesn't give much bearing
    in your SEO effort.

    Though I'm not 100% sure about that, and it's just my
    opinion because I once got the first position in Google
    for "best blogging tips" and the url and site I used was just
    a subdomain of weebly.

    Maybe you could test it out by building a keyworded .info url
    wordpress blog with just two pages of content in a non-competitive
    niche. If you could rank in the first result like George brown in using
    his Google Sniper tactics then I guess it helps..

    all the best,
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  • Profile picture of the author powerblogger
    I don't think that the extention matters for SEO. I have seen .info sites come up on the first page of google many times. Just my opinion
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
    Just realize many are starting to block .info domain names including twitter... Your domain ext does not matter for SEO but for the use of it just be aware that some are blocking it due to spammers.

    Some companies petitioned ICANN to allow them to block the entire ext from their sites and ICANN approved it ...

    James
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    • Profile picture of the author mdotwhite
      Thanks for the input guys. I think it will make more sense to stay away from the .info's.
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    • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
      Originally Posted by TheRichJerksNet View Post

      Just realize many are starting to block .info domain names including twitter...
      There are several serious and useful authority sites, PR5-7 (even a PR8: MTA Home Page), that are on .info domains and there are tons of awfully spammy sites on .com. Blocking and/or penalizing a domain based on TLD alone is stupid and lazy. A lot of companies fit this description although, fortunately, Google is neither of these.

      So, to get back to the original question, there is no SEO problem with .info domains so far as Google is concerned. As with any other domain name, SEO is largely a matter of the quality and quantity of your incoming links. There is, however, a perception problem against them and a number of other TLD's based on lazy stupidity.

      Long term, I expect that we will see more domains extensions, including .info's, become more common and accepted due to the shortage of shorter generic and brandable .com names. And, also remember that long term the cost of a .info rises after the first year to the same price roughly as .coms.
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  • Profile picture of the author juzanobo
    I just go for .COM, .NET, and .ORG. I stay away with .INFO, just my personal preference.
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    I don't think the extension of a domain is really that important.

    The content and regularity that you add it is far more important. As you can see in the list below it is seventh on the list of most used.

    Top 10 global domain name extension list

    The ten largest domain extensions unite a whopping 150 million registrations:

    .COM: 82.01 million
    .DE (Germany): 13.05 million
    .CN (China): 12.55 million
    .NET: 12.42 million
    .UK (United Kingdom): 7.83 million
    .ORG: 7.79 million
    .INFO: 5.24 million
    .NL (Netherlands): 3.5 million
    .EU (European Union): 2.98 million
    .RU (Russia): 2.31 million

    Source: DomainesInfo Statistiques

    Q
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  • Profile picture of the author Solidsnake
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    Even co.cc extension can rank higher on google if you have a good content and promoted well.. It has nothing to do with extensions...
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    • Profile picture of the author knowing25
      Yes, I thinks .info extension is still good if there is not available for .com .net .org, as in my experience there is many site with .info extension can get 1st rank in google.
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    • Profile picture of the author gandhiprima
      Originally Posted by Solidsnake View Post

      Even co.cc extension can rank higher on google if you have a good content and promoted well.. It has nothing to do with extensions...
      i agree with u
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  • Profile picture of the author WebSolutionKey
    My choice will not be .info as i have my friend who tried same domain name with different extension and checked out for the results. .com and .net did well as they creeped into google's first page in a shorter span. I didn't mentioned .org because they usually refer to Non-profit organizations.
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  • Profile picture of the author seopro91
    .info .co.cc .com .co.uk .fijgme

    It doesn't matter for SEO, but it just affects the look of the domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
    There's nothing like a good example...

    Here's a brand new .info site, Move Your Money, registered on Christmas Eve. It currently has about 8000 links. Yes, folks, it has gotten that many links in about 2 weeks time, less if you consider that the site wasn't live right away.

    Now, do you really think this site is going to get any penalty for being a .info or getting links 'too fast'?

    Hint: Look at it's backlinks and you'll learn something about the importance of authority links.
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  • Profile picture of the author gulliver2010
    never had any issues ranking with .info sites... G is a little strict towards .info but some of my websites are still on page 1 in G and almost all of them get ranked high in Bingo... from my personal experience it has nothing to do with extensions, it's all about competition, links from authority websites and basic seo... i personally feel soon .info will become well accepted extension in the eyes of G.. those who snapped exact keyword terms will get handsome returns...
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    • Profile picture of the author Stephen Liew
      wow bgmacaw.

      "move your money", google return 6,360,000 for exact search and moveyourmoney.info rank number one.

      interesting. am now going to study all the backlink of this site.
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    • Profile picture of the author safe as houses
      BGmacaw


      "Hint: Look at it's backlinks and you'll learn something about the importance of authority links."

      Could you tell me what to click on to view these authority links.

      Thankyou.
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  • Profile picture of the author lcxpmp
    I want to know too.Because I bought one in the recent day.
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  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    For more information about .info domain names, you can read http://www.warriorforum.com/adsense-...ow-google.html
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  • Profile picture of the author safe as houses
    bgmacaw, many thanks for that.

    I use firefox so will download that plug in.
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  • Profile picture of the author NicheCowboy
    Originally Posted by mdotwhite View Post

    I am in the process of buidling some micro niche blogs. But before I purchase any domain names I want to know if .info extensions will work good for SEO purposes? Is it better to just stick with .com, .net or .org's?
    The only time I use .info's any more is for forwarding. They simply don't seem to do NEARLY as well in the SE's as .com, .net's, and .orgs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Arun Kumar
    Coming to me, i would prefer " .com or .net or .org " but " .info " is also not a bad extension as they are .info domains with PR4 too.
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  • Profile picture of the author tjcocker
    yawn... keep skipping over those .infos and wringing your hands about it so others can buy them up and start earning money.
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    • Profile picture of the author ElGatito
      Originally Posted by tjcocker View Post

      yawn... keep skipping over those .infos and wringing your hands about it so others can buy them up and start earning money.
      Lol. I will have to agree with that.
      That said I have come to hate .info : because they are cheap, a lot of people are using them for bogus spammy site.

      But for SEO purposes, nope, not a difference i have observed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chucky
    I had a .info website in position 1 for a term that had a global search volume of 74,000 a month and over a million competing pages. But it also had like 150 indexed pages and around 300 links built to the domain and then more links built to those links.
    But then I lost it a couple of days ago after adding a CPA pop-up offer.
    In short, it is possible to get .infos to #1 in Google. But it may have taken much less effort to bring a TLD to #1? I wouldn't know!
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  • Profile picture of the author murthykmd
    I think extensions (like .com,.net,.info) doesn't matter for SEO. This is my point of view.
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  • Profile picture of the author PhilJL
    Same here, I have found that it's easier to rank with .com, .net or .org, so if those tld's are available for the keyword you are targeting, get them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jag82
    The extension is not really one of
    the crucial factors here.

    The content is. It's on-page optimization is.
    The amount of quality, highly relevant
    backlinks to the site is.

    It's definitely possible to have a highly ranked .info site.

    Because I've seen it with my own eyes.

    The same thing also applies to .com and other
    extension.

    Jag
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