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    Which domain name would you choose?
    Hello All,
    Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.
    Doing some housekeeping today and came across two domains I registered and never used.
    They are in a good niche and I think I might do something with one of them.
    So, here is my question...
    One is a "dot net" The other is a "dot com " with a dash.
    As in
    leftoverturkey.net or
    leftover-turkey.com
    I always prefer .com, but I'm wondering about the dash.
    Thanks,Ron

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    Quote Originally Posted by baygrafix
    As in
    leftoverturkey.net or
    leftover-turkey.com
    I always prefer .com, but I'm wondering about the dash.
    Thanks,Ron
    I prefer .com too

    I have found that the dash is no stopper if you set up your meta etc properly. I have run several sites over the past 15 years and it honestly makes no difference.

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    No dash, no .net, think of better domain.
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    I'd pick a new domain. But since you've already registered them I don't know. It depends on how you plan on using it.

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    Yes, I'm with Haiko. No dash, no .net.. look for another name if you want to build a brand.. or make the owner of the .com an offer!
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    I registered a .net before I knew better. Now that site has too much invested in it to change, but I wish I had thought of a .com name that was available. I think .com's are better in terms of "rememberability", perceived legitimacy, and even pay-per-click click-through rates.

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    I'm anti anything-but-dot-com and dashes; however, if I already have them both, I'd use the domainname.net over the domain-name.com, unless domainname.com is used by your competition - you wouldn't want to drive traffic to their site with people confusing the names.

    I've found that it depends on if the .com is registered, who registered it, and if anything will ever be done with it. I have a "____News.net" that does fairly well, but I only got it because the .com is owned by the company the news is about and they're not doing anything with the .com. I haven't heard of any confusion...
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    there probably is confusion, but like you said you just haven't heard of it.

    The good thing is, with all the sophisticated bookmarking tools available now, remembering ".net vs .com" is becoming less and less important. For instance, if you use firefox, whenever I start to type a domain in "exam..." firefox will display "example.net" if I have previously visited the site. Combine that with bookmarks that people use and I hardly ever have to remember .com vs .net anymore. I'm not sure how IE handles this though.

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    jzjzjz,

    Your example is called "the awesome bar", it works on sites you have visited, yes. But the OP asked about a new domain to register and to build a brand with ... therein lies the rub ... I don't really think the bar will help on that when consumers haven't yet been to the site and they need to provide a selling / confidence point to get the original click.
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    turkeysurplus.com (available)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeymourButts
    turkeysurplus.com (available)
    I'd go with that. Don't like .net or the dash.

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    .com is almost always better than .net . I would say that leftover-turkey.net sounds like it my be terrific for a content site and therefore not be a bad choice either.
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