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Can you rank well with any domain extension?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by NIghtShade, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. NIghtShade

    NIghtShade Newbie

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    So I have been looking at picking up some exact match domains but usually the .com is not available or going up for auction for a costly price.

    However there are of course a bunch of other domain extensions out there. I have seen the common ones rank well of course such as .net/.org/.info/ but what about the others such as .biz/.us/.co?

    WHAT actually determines the difference? For example why would the .net do better than the .info hypothetically?

    Besides the obvious is there a certain first choice list in order that anyone goes by?

    *More importantly wouldn't an exact match domain make up for any value loss in your domain extension if it isn't a .com?
     
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  2. digitallysankar

    digitallysankar Newbie

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    if your operating outside the USA..go for geo specific TLD likes .co.in or .co.au
     
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  3. NIghtShade

    NIghtShade Newbie

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    I think a lot of people have the common extensions stuck in their mind. From what Ive researched all extensions are equal seo wise. Although from my own thoughts I for some reason look at a .me or .co differently. Only downside is word of mouth might send a lot of people to .com.
     
  4. Zemanel_

    Zemanel_ Regular Member

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    Google does. That's the way things work right now.

    Personally, first the .com, then .net and then .org (though this two are almost the same), forget the others.
    Unless you are going to target a certain country don't go to the country related tlds, if you are and the .com isn't available pick the correspondent country tld.

    Yeah sure it does, only problem is that besides the fact it doesn't make up enough, you'd probably end up competing with the .com domain and it would be really tough to outrank it.
     
  5. NIghtShade

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    After researching this for a few days it seems they are all equal when it comes to optimization. Guess I'll find out to be sure.
     
  6. frappertank

    frappertank Junior Member

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    My experiences have shown me that the more exotic or unusual the domain ending, the harder it'll be to get the domain to rank (though it's still possible).

    You want my best advice?

    Stick with .com or .org

    Forget about the other extensions.

    The worst ones I've ever tried are .biz, .info and .us ...and when you start to get into the really strange and exotic extensions, they are usually even harder to rank.