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Does Domain Extension Affect Ranking

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by graham23s, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. graham23s

    graham23s BANNED BANNED

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    Hi Guys,

    I know this has been asked to death but does .info affect your ranking? i bought 3 last year and have set up blogs on each, whenever i am doing keyword research it's always .com, .com, .com i NEVER see any .info's on the top 10, just wanted to know if i should dump these and as a rule of thumb only use .com's in future?

    thanks guys

    Graham
     
  2. ikorky

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    thats a good question, ive wondered the same thing
     
  3. Raphael

    Raphael Registered Member

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    Yes in my experience it does - I tested it quite extensivly with different Domain endings and usually stay with .net, .org or .com....

    However other guys on the forum said that it does not matter for them - all in all it depends on your Onpage SEO and the quality and amount of the backlinks you build. The extension and the domain name however can be a bigger plus in this game...
     
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    The extension can be important if you want to target some specific country. For example .co.uk for United Kingdom.

    I think big companies (and sites) normally don 't buy the .info domains. That 's why you don 't see .info on the top 10.
     
  5. neo

    neo Power Member

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    .com . .net and .org are gTLD domains. They do have a a very slight preference over other extensions like .info, .biz etc.

    The .info were considered bad since Blackhats and spammers exploited them. But now if you can get some decent links, you can achieve the ranking with .info domains.

    Also if you are targeting surfers from a specific country other than USA, then go for the country specific domains like, co.uk, .ca etc.
     
  6. Sara

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    I used to stay clear of .info domains as I thought they would not rank as well - but it doesnt seem to make any difference to me!
    I would say that if I had a serious business that I wanted to advertise I would definitely want a .com - but for getting ranked in the SE's i think they are all equal.
    I have recently registered a couple of .co.uks and they are doing really well!
     
  7. graham23s

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    Hi Guys,

    Even in all the video tutorials, all the guys say to avoid .info's, i think i will just drop them in future, better safe than sorry eh.

    cheers guys

    Graham
     
  8. bijikpalir

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    The only different is the time frame of each type of extension to rank.. .info is okay but a bit slower and need more backlinks to pust it up. If you want to rank easier and faster then go for .com, .net and .org.. If you willing to spend more time for link building then .info can be an option.
     
  9. Griffin

    Griffin Regular Member

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    To me, this is less SEO and more gaining the visitor's trust. You need their trust to make a sale or get a lead, so the more professional you are, the better.