Would you build a site on a .info

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I'm looking to buy a fantastic keyword rich domain - but the problem is the only one available or with a price under 5 figures is the .info
Would you just shop around for another name (they are available) or would you build something out on the .info?

I know many people associate these with Spam and poor quality, but do the Search Engines penalise them?

I have just seen that if you enter Spain into google - the top result after Wikipedia is Spain.info - so can they be that bad?

I'm interested in hearing your thoughts.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mikedb
    I never use an info domain.........never.
    there are so many options to get the right keyword rich domain for your exact keyword.

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    Mike
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  • Profile picture of the author brandonbaker
    There are plenty of .info domains out there that do very well, and there is no reason to believe that they're somehow devalued by Google.

    Just bought one a few minutes ago, in fact.
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  • Profile picture of the author mejohn
    I know many people have succeeded with .info domains, but I have found them to be a huge handicap and will never buy one again.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by mejohn View Post

      I know many people have succeeded with .info domains, but I have found them to be a huge handicap and will never buy one again.
      Emphasis on the bold.

      This debate is getting to be too much.

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      • Profile picture of the author scott g
        Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

        Emphasis on the bold.

        This debate is getting to be too much.

        Paul

        Every time I see a thread with ".info" in the title, I click to read Paul's comment b/c he always leaves one! I had questions about .info's when I was first starting out over a year ago, and my first like 3 posts were asking .info questions... I got sooooo pissed at Paul's comments! After those first 3 or 4 posts, I didn't post again until like a month and a half ago! I'm smarter now though too! LOL!

        But Paul was/is right! There are TONS of threads about this topic that would answer the OP's question if he had done a search for them!

        CHEERS!
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        • Profile picture of the author paulgl
          Originally Posted by scott g View Post

          I got sooooo pissed at Paul's comments! After those first 3 or 4 posts, I didn't post again until like a month and a half ago! I'm smarter now though too! LOL!

          CHEERS!
          If it makes you feel any better, I got slapped by Askloz my first post here.
          Pissed me off for a week. BUT....I put my tail between my legs and devoured
          this forum. Stuck around. Because I knew it was what I needed. Now I wish
          Askloz would post more. We've since buried the hatchet.

          Been schooled by many others since

          But I'll bet you're glad you stuck around.

          Don't worry. I still get pissed at people's comments. I don't take it personally
          anymore. I think that's the key. Forget your feelings. I just decided to learn.

          Some threads I don't even touch much anymore. Trying to piss people off less.

          These .info threads seem to pull Bgmacaw out of hiding now and again.

          Paul
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          • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
            Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

            These .info threads seem to pull Bgmacaw out of hiding now and again.

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          • Profile picture of the author scott g
            Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

            If it makes you feel any better, I got schooled by Askloz my first post here.
            Pissed me off for a week. BUT....I put my tail between my legs and devoured
            this forum. Stuck around. Because I knew it was what I needed. Now I wish
            Askloz would post more. We've since buried the hatchet.

            Been schooled by many others since

            But I'll bet you're glad you stuck around.

            Don't worry. I still get pissed at people's comments. I don't take it personally
            anymore. I think that's the key. Forget your feelings. I just decided to learn.

            Some threads I don't even touch much anymore. Trying to piss people off less.

            These .info threads seem to pull Bgmacaw out of hiding now and again.

            Paul
            LOL! Yep Bgmacaw was the other! And I'm glad I did stick around! i've gained tons and tons of knowledge from reading posts from the likes of you and Bgmacaw!

            CHEERS!
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            • Profile picture of the author dwells
              Yes a dot info will rank just as a .com, stop believing all the hype. I seen alot of .info ranking high with their site (especially clickbank affiliates).
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              • Profile picture of the author FredJones
                Info's rank as well as others.

                There is something else that may cause a problem and that may have had implications on the domain name that people tried to optimize and failed and the domain could have accidentally been an info - but that's all. When someone can not rank a com they call it high competition but when they can not rank an info they call it ugly-info.

                As I keep saying all the time, I have an info domain that refuses to go away from the first two pages - mostly stays on the first page - in a competitive relationship niche in spite of me not having build backlinks for maybe a year or so now.
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                • Profile picture of the author paulgl
                  Having fun at the cat's expense?

                  bgmacaw...starring in commercials now. Who knew?


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  • Profile picture of the author John Williamson
    When .com .net and .org are not available I get the .info and have had no problems with them.
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    • Profile picture of the author howinfo
      I can't see why not. We have done just that and .info extension was what we where after at fist place not as a second choice or a last resort. Our site provides information and .info goes well with the domain name so .info was the best extension to go for.

      And it has been really good decision as the site is doing really well and .info seems to pull in lot of people who looking for information and it has also helped us to stand out a lot.

      If your site will mainly provide information then .info would be really good choice but if you planning to start eCommerce site then perhaps .com would be more suitable.
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  • Profile picture of the author illank86
    choose another domain, many option out there... just think another alternative
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  • Profile picture of the author Vincenzo Oliva
    I love .info's. They can rank just as well. Only drawback is in the perceived value if you intended to flip the site. Surveys show that people perceive .info sites as being a trusted source of information and less commercial than .com.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by Vincenzo Oliva View Post

      I love .info's. They can rank just as well. Only drawback is in the perceived value if you intended to flip the site. Surveys show that people perceive .info sites as being a trusted source of information and less commercial than .com.
      I can't say I agree 100%, but that reply has a decent amount of logic to it!

      Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author kea55
    I don't know about buying a .info domain. you may be able to spend your time more wisely if you bought a .com
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  • Profile picture of the author achong
    .info seems hard to success as .com or .net. I have some but not satisfy me

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  • Profile picture of the author pedobear
    .info is not a TLD but it can rank well provided you put more seo and also depends on your keywords too
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    • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
      Originally Posted by pedobear View Post

      .info is not a TLD
      :rolleyes:

      From Home Page | .INFO

      The .INFO top-level domain (TLD) is the shortest and most intuitive path to information on the Internet.
      From .info - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      The domain name info is a generic top-level domain (gTLD) in the Domain Name System (DNS) of the Internet.
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      Info is the only top-level domain that was explicitly created and chartered for unrestricted use, though various other TLDs became that way as a de facto situation.
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    • Profile picture of the author dburk
      Originally Posted by pedobear View Post

      .info is not a TLD but it can rank well provided you put more seo and also depends on your keywords too
      LOL. Where do you guys come up with this stuff? :confused:

      Search engines do not treat websites differently based on the TLD unless the TLD is a .CC (Country Code). And Even then is just carries more weight for localized searches.

      The .info having less SEO value or .edu/.gov having more SEO value due to the TLD is pure nonsense. Search engines evaluate each indexed page based on it's own individual merit and is completely separate from site level or domain level factors. Localization for .CCs is the only factor that plays a role in ranking pages at the domain level.
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  • Profile picture of the author pkmembers
    Originally Posted by staffjam View Post

    I'm looking to buy a fantastic keyword rich domain - but the problem is the only one available or with a price under 5 figures is the .info
    Would you just shop around for another name (they are available) or would you build something out on the .info?

    I know many people associate these with Spam and poor quality, but do the Search Engines penalise them?

    I have just seen that if you enter Spain into google - the top result after Wikipedia is Spain.info - so can they be that bad?

    I'm interested in hearing your thoughts.
    staffjam - I have several .info's because they are currently 0.99 with 1and1.co.uk . They fail to rank well in search engines. However, that doesn't bother me because I'm looking for traffic through forum marketing and direct links on blogs. Great Stuff! Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author staffjam
    Thankyou everyone for all of your comments. Good arguments from both camps. I didn't realise what a hornets nest i was stirring up with the .info question.
    It's quite incredible the price difference - the difference between the .org/.net domains and the .info are over $15,000 - they are practically giving the .info away.
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  • Profile picture of the author socialbookmark
    I am not sure but i think .info domains rank a little lower than common extensions like .com,.net and .org. But if you don't have any other choice, register it. And you should try more to rank in high in search engines. Its just my idea.
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  • there is no difference in .info or .com for search engines.
    But visitors don't recognize .info domains and some even adds an extra .com after .info!!
    But you can overcome that by building a strong brand identity.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ryan Johnson
      Do some searches and see if any .info come up and what kind of sites they are. I just read about someone who ran a popular blog and changed from a .nothing to a .com and they went from PR0 to a PR2.

      Can you buy it, build it, and transfer it to a more TLD later if one becomes available?
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      • Profile picture of the author dburk
        Originally Posted by Ryan Johnson View Post

        Do some searches and see if any .info come up and what kind of sites they are. I just read about someone who ran a popular blog and changed from a .nothing to a .com and they went from PR0 to a PR2.

        Can you buy it, build it, and transfer it to a more TLD later if one becomes available?
        Hi Ryan,

        I believe one thing has nothing to do with the other.

        Oh and what do you mean by "transfer it to a more TLD later if one becomes available"? TLD stands for "Top Level Domain". One TLD can't be "more" than another TLD, can it?
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        • Profile picture of the author Ryan Johnson
          Originally Posted by dburk View Post


          Oh and what do you mean by "transfer it to a more TLD later if one becomes available"? TLD stands for "Top Level Domain". One TLD can't be "more" than another TLD, can it?
          Say you build the site and put it on mysite.info because mysite.com is not available. If you buy the name mysite.com in the future, can you transfer the .info site to the .com site if you think that it will be beneficial?

          I think that's what this post is about. Is .info a TLD? If it is, why would it matter if he gets the .info or any other TLD if they are all equal?

          Does .com = .net = .info = .me = .org?
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          • Profile picture of the author howinfo
            Originally Posted by Ryan Johnson View Post

            Say you build the site and put it on mysite.info because mysite.com is not available. If you buy the name mysite.com in the future, can you transfer the .info site to the .com site if you think that it will be beneficial?

            I think that's what this post is about. Is .info a TLD? If it is, why would it matter if he gets the .info or any other TLD if they are all equal?

            Does .com = .net = .info = .me = .org?


            .com represents the word "commercial," and is the most suitable for companies business presence on the Internet, eCommerce sites and so on.

            .net represents the word "network," and is most commonly used by Internet service providers, Web-hosting companies or other businesses that are directly involved in the infrastructure of the Internet.

            .org represents the word "organization," and is primarily used by non-profits groups or trade associations.

            .info is for credible resource Web sites and signifies a "resource" web site. info" address is ideal to communicate information to people who are looking for it.

            .mobi (short for "mobile") is reserved for Web sites built for easy viewing on mobile devices.

            .biz is used for small business Web sites.

            Although nowadays the use of domain extension is somewhat blurred and people do use different extensions for wide range of project but the fact is that some extension are still better for some sites or projects than others. I think that is what you meant by equality.

            So when you star building the site and planning your domain name you should really think what type of site it is going to be so that you can choose an appropriate domain exstension for it and don’t have to change it later on.
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