Which looks better .org or .net

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I own the .ORG and the .NET of an exact match domain. Unfortunately the .COM was taken, however it is not in use. So I plan to make one of them my main domain and simply redirect the other to it.

Do you think I should use the .ORG or the .NET tld as the primary domain? SEO wise, I realize it doesn't make a difference, so I don't need that advice. I'm just wondering which looks better.
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  • Profile picture of the author synergyxtr
    it depends on what the site is about. the .net looks like a tech company while the .org looks like a foundation.
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    • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
      Originally Posted by synergyxtr View Post

      it depends on what the site is about. the .net looks like a tech company while the .org looks like a foundation.
      ^ I came here to say this.
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    • I would usually go for .net, but for no real reason other than that I like the way it looks. Ranking wise, I don't think it makes any difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    .Net, unless you are ACTUALLY running or working with/for a non-profit company and the site is about that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Kast
    For some reason, when I think of .ORG, I think of an organization. Not like a company but like planned parenthood, goodwill, or the actors guild. May just be me but I'd go with .NET
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  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    As others have mentioned, it depends on what type of site you will be creating.

    If it is a business/service type of site, I'd go with the .net. If it's an informational site, eg: health advice, then I'd go for the .org
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by rusty1027 View Post

    I'm just wondering which looks better.
    It doesn't matter which looks better to us. We're internet marketers, some of whom will instinctively prefer ".net", of the two - so your answers here are possibly going to be biased that way.

    What matters is what your customers want, which depends primarily on the traffic demographics and secondarily on the niche and type of site you're putting on it.

    Knowing nothing more than that, I can offer only the observation that if it were for myself, I'd want to use the .info, and redirect both the .org and the .net to it, because my customers prefer that (I asked them, and that was what they told me, collectively - together with their reasons).

    But if the .info also isn't available, I'd almost certainly use the .org and redirect the .net to it.

    All that said, I'd be very reluctant indeed to build a business on a domain-name of which the .com version already belongs to someone else, because I expect that in the long run some of my work would end up benefitting the owner of the .com at my own expense.
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    • Profile picture of the author rusty1027
      Good point Alexa! Your post actually helped me make up my mind. Thanks!

      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      It doesn't matter which looks better to us. We're internet marketers, some of whom will instinctively prefer ".net", of the two - so your answers here are possibly going to be biased that way.

      What matters is what your customers want, which depends primarily on the traffic demographics and secondarily on the niche and type of site you're putting on it.

      Knowing nothing more than that, I can offer only the observation that if it were for myself, I'd want to use the .info, and redirect both the .org and the .net to it, because my customers prefer that (I asked them, and that was what they told me, collectively - together with their reasons).

      But if the .info also isn't available, I'd almost certainly use the .org and redirect the .net to it.

      All that said, I'd be very reluctant indeed to build a business on a domain-name of which the .com version already belongs to someone else, because I expect that in the long run some of my work would end up benefitting the owner of the .com at my own expense.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      It doesn't matter which looks better to us. We're internet marketers, some of whom will instinctively prefer ".net", of the two - so your answers here are possibly going to be biased that way.

      What matters is what your customers want, which depends primarily on the traffic demographics and secondarily on the niche and type of site you're putting on it.
      Which is why the New York Subway system, the MTA, chose a dot info.
      As in "information"(?)

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  • Profile picture of the author harvez16
    I see a lot of health related niche sites, tend to go with .org so depending on your niche I guess.
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  • Profile picture of the author donaldbond
    Do you think I should use the .ORG or the .NET tld as the primary domain? SEO wise, I realize it doesn't make a difference, so I don't need that advice. I'm just wondering which looks better.
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  • Profile picture of the author seopratik
    .net is better than .org if your site is about organization related then you can use .org domain
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      To all cargo-posters: Are you not reading a single reply?

      Or you just type the first thing that pops into your heads?

      So when many cargo-on with "Ohh...com....org..net is so much better..."

      The result is a thread that just morphs into nonsense.

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  • Profile picture of the author ThatAblaze
    I say find a new domain name in which .com is not taken.
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  • Profile picture of the author Francois du_Toit
    Personally, in most cases, I would go with a .org before a .net but that is just my personal preference. You must do what feels right for you. It doesn't really matter what we think.
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  • Profile picture of the author rasel786
    I think .net will be better for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author markowe
      Originally Posted by rasel786 View Post

      I think .net will be better for you.
      Originally Posted by JohnSmithP View Post

      .net domain is better than .org domain
      Originally Posted by Sunyakram View Post

      Dot net is batter then dot org
      Sometimes I wonder why I toned down the time I spend on this forum, when I see informed, reasoned advice like this.
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  • Profile picture of the author jokee
    think it's great .net .
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  • Profile picture of the author Laganda
    I preffer .org first then .net.
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  • Profile picture of the author megawarrior
    .org brings about the image of a non-profit organisation. For that reason I'd go with .net
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  • Profile picture of the author markowe
    For the love of mercy, someone kill this thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author leewatson07
    its all depend upon the what kind of site it is.gov sites are goverment sites.org sites are organizational sites, .edu are educational sites ,etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author tom45432
    I will prefer both of these. You can choose any one for you new web site. Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Ray
      Originally Posted by swexpert12 View Post

      but somebody here knows if .org or .net is it better for SEO results in google? which one google likes more?
      they both get some sort of, so called 'bonus' in the Google serps rankings, but honestly if you're building a site that gets a good quality score, it's going to rank no matter what the tld is.
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  • Profile picture of the author onlinemarketer23
    although the .net domain name usually was related with tech-themed sites.. currently they are widely spread on the internet users mind..if i asked me to pick one up.. i would choose the .net one.. as org ..it seems like a non-profit organization or things like that!! from the seo point of view, no matter what you take because they are top level domains whatsoever!!
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  • Profile picture of the author leandros21
    org is for organisations and net for technology, but it doesnt matter whether you can use any of two.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Ray
      Originally Posted by leandros21 View Post

      org is for organisations and net for technology, but it doesnt matter whether you can use any of two.
      that's not really true. That 'was' kinda the idea when there were just 5 types of domain names, but it was never enforced at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author j642642
    I really don't think it matters anymore. The vast majority of people connecting to your site will be people that just search into it. At that point it won't matter if it's .us, .net or .org. Then if they find it valuable and want to return they will just search it again or have their url automatically populate it.
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  • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
    My useless vote goes to .net =)
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  • Profile picture of the author hilarious89
    It depends on your site's topic. if you are making a non profitable site .net goes better and if you are making the site for companies .org goes better.
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  • Profile picture of the author ownergolan
    I preffer .org as alot of older / non computer-oriented folks think its really an organization.
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  • Profile picture of the author wackiin
    been said alot but i also go with .org over a .net
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  • Profile picture of the author radivoj
    well I would rather get net instead org...
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  • Profile picture of the author Cloud Strike
    If you provide value the search engines will reward you no matter what the extension is. When your consumer is coming in from the search engines the only thing that matters is the top 10. However if I had to choose I would go with .net, its a personal choice only.
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