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I know that a .com is always what you ideally want. But what if you are doing a small niche site that is primarily going to get traffic from search engines. The .com is taken by a domain squatter and doesn't rank for the term at all. The .net is available. I really like the domain name but I've never bought a .net. So... is that going to seriously work against me? Or should I go for it?..

Comments (19)

Go for it, it won't hurt you in SEs...

Comment #1

.net should be fine... I think the top 3 (.com, .org, .net) still hold a higher place in people's minds than all the new extensions that are out there now..

Comment #2

.com is just nice for direct type-ins because that is what everyone thinks of. If most traffic is coming from SE's, you should be fine...

Comment #3

What is your long term strategy? If your are going to have the kind of site that people will return, tell their friends about, etc. then you should have the .com, or else your sending free traffic to someone else...

Comment #4

So you would advocate getting a .com over the domain name that you really want?..

Comment #5

For direct type in sites and "brandable" sites, .com is your best bet. Just think when you direct type in a site, do you use .com automatically? I know I do, and I've been taken to different sites occasionally because of the wrong ending..

If you anticipate all your traffic from SEs, it doesnt matter since people will be clicking through to your site, and not directly typing it in...

Comment #6

.net is fine. I usually give myself a while longer to think of domain names if I've found a good .net, but if I can't think of anything better, I'll get the .net..

Comment #7

Here's a tip: Buy 10 years worth of registration. Google loves domain owners that are committed to their online presence...

Comment #8

Okay, in that case, buy the minimum one year, raise some money during that year (monetize it) and then get the 10+ year registration. I could only help you in the long run..

Although, If you have been renewing your domain yearly for the past 3 years, that also shows dedication...

Comment #9

Why would Google care how long a domain name is registered for?.

I'm sure that firstly: they don't care who the domain name's registered to,.

And secondly: they realize that people can be just as committed, but don't like wasting $90 extra bucks...

Comment #10

I'm for going to the next best .com rather than going to a .net if you're trying to build any type of brand name at all..

But i'd also rather a .org rather than a .net..

Comment #11

Then a .net is as good as a .com...

Comment #12

In my opinion the domain itself doesn't really count at all, even less the domain extension. It all depends on your promotion...

Comment #13

I've heard it before, found it on a couple of respected SEO sites, but haven't found anyone mentioning any proof...

Comment #14

Like others in this thread, I agree that if you are going for mainly SE traffic, the .net should be fine...

Comment #15

It's not very disputed that a 2 yr+ registration can help you out in the SE's. As most spammers just curn 'n burn with 1 yr $.50 .info domains...

Comment #16

I honestly don't think it matters whether you buy a .com or .net. I had a site once that was a .net and I got it up to 10,000 visitors a day. I don't think it being a .com would have made any difference. Just go with the domain that you want...

Comment #17

Cool. Thanks for all the feedback. I am all about the .com, but for this project it's going to be a very small site, highly targeted for a few keywords. I'm doing this project following Jon's KISS technique. I will be sending traffic to it, but not through anything that would be dependent on real world advertising or someone typing in the address. So I think it will be alright...

Comment #18

A good .net is really worth it if the .com is not available ..

And in your case I would go for it..


Comment #19

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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