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    Ms Dumb Ass ... but, *NOT* Today! westgroup's Avatar
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    I usually purchase .com domains but with the availability of names under the .info I was thinking of picking a few up.

    has anyone seen a difference in traffic or pr between .com and .info (or other extentions)?

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    no... I have 35 of them...

    just remember... if you have gotcha.info you will need to reenforce your domain name everywhere on your site...

    because the public is trained to instictivly always type in gotcha.com... then when they realise it the wrong website.. they think about it... it's this thinking that losses customers...

    it's doable... my scond best money earner is a .ws domain... half of my traffic types in my domain name...

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    I personally prefer dot com names because of the shortcut -- typing in "yahoo" followed by control + enter in the address bar produces the full yahoo dot com address. I don't know any shortcut for any extension other than dot com. Of course, I'm not sure how many of your users will know about this shortcut, but I use it all the time now.

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    .info = wasting your time.

    That's why they are $4.95/yr.

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    you can get them for free this year registry sponsored

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    not sure where you can get it for free any more.
    Dotster has stopped giving it free

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    I have 4 sites on .ino domains and they do as well as my .com sites.

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    last time I looked hostway.com gave them for free. I think their offer last till 31 dec

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    Quote Originally Posted by westgroup
    I usually purchase .com domains but with the availability of names under the .info I was thinking of picking a few up.

    has anyone seen a difference in traffic or pr between .com and .info (or other extentions)?
    Search engines don't seem to discriminate based on a domain's extension.
    PR doesn't take into condition the extension.
    You could obtain a decent keyword rich domain name with the .info extension for much less than the .com equivalent and with some SEO it can rank first in the SERP's.
    If your pockets are deep and you can afford a decent .com or you can afford mega bucks to promote a search engine unfriendly domain name then go for the .com
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    Quote Originally Posted by buy_online
    .info = wasting your time.

    That's why they are $4.95/yr.

    Fred
    Oh no .. wait til the guys that paid these big bucks find out that their .info is worthless.

    NewYork.info ........... $28086
    Casino.info .............. $20899
    HMS.info ................. $10492
    Tampa.info .............. $10000
    Moscow.info ............ $10000
    SolarStrom.info ......... $9802
    Vitamins.info ............ $9500
    RioDeJaneiro.info ....... $9000
    Last edited by Haiko de Poel, Jr.; April 1st, 2005 at 01:53 PM. Reason: removed manually added sig

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    I wouldn't say .info's are worthless. Maybe in the US, but over in Europe, especially in Germany, .infos are used by many of the legitimate businesses even over the .de's. I see them on busses, billboards, and TV all the time. Don't know why, but that's the way it is.

    Also, they are really big on using hyphens in names. your-site-is-a-mess.info is much more common than yoursiteisamess.info. Again, don't ask me why - especially in Germany - heck this is the language that always munges a bunch of little easy to understand words together to make one huge unpronounceable word like: Fussballweltmeisterschaftsqualifikationsspiel which means: Soccer world championship qualification game

    Anyway, just because something doesn't fly in the US, doesn't mean that other parts of the world don't go ga-ga over it and are willing to pay dearly for the privilege to do so.
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    .info's aren't worthless in my view .. i see many ranking for huge keywords

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    Most .com as well as .info names are worthless by itself , only the site on it makes the name valuable. Of course for good names the .com extension is worth more than the .info extension, but good .com names that are available are very rare. Most often I try to register .com names though because of the following reason:
    chances are higher with .com names than with .info names that I will get contacted by a potential buyer who wants to buy the name. This is very rare though and often the site is making more than the buyer wants to pay. But sometimes you can be lucky that someone wants to buy a not so good domain and pay quite a lot for it.

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    For branding nothing matches .com, although as Look4 says, different countries have different popular TLDs. In the UK for instance, .co.uk is just as good as .com for branding purposes.

    If you're going for a .info site, it probably needs to be memorable. widgets.info would be great (but register widgestinfo.com too), but preownedbluewidgets.info is a bit crap for branding.. but better for keyword stuffing.

    .info works better for a less-obviously-sales site, rather than an in-your-face commercial site that would work better on .com

    What about .us? That seems to be a great untapped resource.

    I wouldn't bother with .biz though - many spam filters will block emails with .biz addresses in because of the number of spammy sites.
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    Some of my best sites are .us . In the end, you just need a combination of seo keyword/brandability.

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