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New client with a .travel site?!

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by Taktical, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. Taktical

    Taktical Elite Member

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    I have a client who has a site that ends in .travel instead of .com.

    Honestly I didn't even know that this top-level-domain even existed.

    Is this going to hold him back in SEO?

    Your thoughts?

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  3. Taktical

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    Thanks, but that post isn't by an SEO expert, and therefore offers no insight into whether or not this TLD actually ranks or not.

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    I've never come across any googling, but it is relatively new. I think it's a given that .com is given higher priority. That along with domain age will make it pretty difficult to rank.
     
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    Im in travel have somes sites in high comp markets and there are no travel tlds on our 1st pages. Hard to say if it will rank since not many jumped on the band wagon when the tld was introduced in 2005 Ish. There were many hoops and red tape to aquire a travel tld which I think shyed many people away. We have a few sitting collecting dust waiting to see what happens with Big G jumping into the travel biz with ITA purchase and introducing one box.
     
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    I think from a branding perspective .travel is horrible! Because, like you, a good majority of people don't even know that .travel is a tld to begin with. Heck, even internet marketing guys like us don't even know about it.

    That turns verbally telling someone else the domain name even more difficult.

    "Hey Joe, Have you heard about airplanes.travel. Its the best place to buy airplane tickets"
    "Oh airplanetravel.com? I'll have to check it out"
    "No, airplane.travel"
    .........
    So on and so forth, spending the next few minutes talking about how you can actually go to a .travel instead of a .com and not really talking about your business.

    Just my 0.02
     
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    site:.travel shows that they get indexed. About 8 million of them. Maybe you should check the PR on some of them.
     
  8. Taktical

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    Good thinking, I'll try scraping some with SB.

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    Let us know, but at the end of the day. Whats PR gonna show? Exotic TLDs can get PR.

    The real question was whether or not they are gonna get held back in SEO. From an SEO perspective probably not, but a downside is you may lose out on natural links bc people aren't familiar or accustom to the .travel tld and will naturally link to the .com.
     
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    Yeah I agree, it would be better to hear it from an SEO expert.

    The only reason I posted that link was because it had sites that were in the number one position of Google. Actual sites, actual keywords, so it was more an example of it's possible. (obviously the site is designed to sell the .travel tld, so it's a bit of a biased resource, but those sites are actually ranked).

    I checked a couple of them, and most of them seem to be ranked within top 3 for decent competition keywords.