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So, what's your opinion about a .com in 2017, still a necessity?

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  1. Billy_Batts

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    I get daily inspired for new niches and usually I register the domain for it straight away and use it later.

    But as most of you know .com's are usually taken and so are the .com's for the niche I want only this time none of them have content, they are all squatted and only show a " make an offer page". Now I am not going to make them a offer as they always ask crazy prices so I checked the .nets and some of them are not taken yet.

    Now, I am well rounded in design, CPA and eCommerce but my weakness is SEO which I currently spend a lot of time on learning the tricks of the trade.

    So I checked out reddit and a couple other platforms that had similar questions but most of them are a couple years old and also the opinions are very divided so I thought let me just ask it here as there are plenty of experienced SEO people around.

    Some of the new tld's would also fit the name nicely for example .world but I don't feel like the people are just ready for those and read they still hard to rank.

    So for those with the experience, let me know how you see it.
     
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    new domains are dope, especially .win
     
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    I got a REALLY good .wang domain.

    Just need to build the site automatically and get traffic to it.
     
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    .com is definitely a necessity, atlest for ecommerce. Your average joe will trust your .com domain alot more than any other.
     
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    .shop shouldn't turn someone off any more than .com (company) when the content is a shop.
    .xyz shouldn't turn anyone off looking for general-topic information ("from a to z"); .club is self explanatory.

    And as for .wang....well, no one is going to not trust what's on the other side if they get the joke (except anyone chinese looking for a normal website :p )
     
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    Doesn't .com mean "commercial" not company?
     
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    I dont understand your question, what do you mean a necessity ?

    If you are asking from SEO point of view then YES. .com .net .org domains still hold much bigger value than any other domain extension.

    If you are just running some campaigns - offers / fast marketing flips / churn and burn etc.. Than any domain extension would fit just fine.

    I would also stick to .com if building an authoritative website since all these new extensions emerged just recently so people need time to get used to them after decades of using .com .net .org , and also search engines still need time to adopt to them.

    So i would overall say yes, try to stick to .com/net/org domains for now.
     
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    Basically the same thing, really.
     
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    I think it still stands the same. If you type a keyword and press ctrl + enter, it will take you to the .com domain. I don't remember what this is called.. may be.. type in domain or something?

    I do not think that the extension is much of an issue with seo but rather with remembering the brand. I am no guru, but this is what my view is.. that if you find something that would be easy to remember and brandable.. go for it :)
     
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    I always go for com .net .org & .co.uk domains.
    Personally I think most of the newer ones look spammy.
     
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    Though there are a lot of .tlds, You can see Google still gives importance to. com sites. When Google created abc.xyz for the parent company, everyone went mad for .xyz domains and bought it. But I can see .xyz domains barely ranks for any keywords.
     
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    It's for a niche site which will generate passive income on the long run. The .com's are parked but some of the .nets are available, I might hook up a amazon affiliate shop with it in the future.

    About those new tld's, I registered a domain in my country that is a .info and one international website with a .info as that's what the sites provides, information, how hard are these to rank?

    And another thing, in my country the niche I bought the .info for as we use that word too, there is one guy that is on the first page on spot 9 with a .name extension, wtf?

    Almost no-one in my country uses a .name! It's a young domain, he has way less BL's than competitors and yet he is on the first page, how he did that?
     
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    Serious waste of time and $ for 98% of anything NOT .com with USA as the target market. Notable exception is .org and .mobi for small niche target.
    Add to that domain names that contain hyphens, numbers, unusual characters etc. Even worse inventing up some unique or catchy domain name that nobody, zero, zilch has even bothered to search for or put in an address bar.
     
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    My target market is international and .net is still a gtld but I get your point.

    The hyphens, numbers etc I know but I have to disagree with your opinion about a catchy domain name as I have several that have the KW combined with a made up word and they are doing just fine.

    As far as I read domain name don't really matter that much anymore for search results.
     
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    I still always use .com

    I just don't like the new gtlds in general but they have their place
     
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    100% correct
    .xyz is ultra spammy, stay away from that one.
    Correrct, it is commercial
    Type in traffic, where most people will (almost by default) type somethinginteresting . com
    You also have included the most important parts....branding and seo.
    The US is NOT the entire world, it no longer is the centre of the Universe, in fact it is losing its position as a world leader when it backtracks on green issues etc... (OP has international marketplace).
    Other than that point, your post is correct.
     
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    My opinion is based on my experience and 100% USA as the target market, so it may not apply to the international markets. There's a few old .com sites with numbers in the name with top ranking but they've been around forever. Using a catchy name, unique name or even your real world business name is a slow boat to china in my opinion, if you have time for that, knock yourself out. I can put a site on G in the top 3 organic in 24 to 48 hours with no references from anywhere, solely based on the domain name juice. And G doesn't even give that much credit to what comes before the dot like they use to.
     
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    My fellow countrymen should try to remember this next time some supposed up and coming world power or 3rd world shit hole needs bailing out.
     
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    Now that is kinda hard to believe but I don't have enough experience to tell if that is possible or not but if you had a saturated niche I can't believe that though.

    Other thoughts, what if your literally every pre and suffix that make any sense to your main KW is taken on .com? Some of you say don't use anything other than .com and some of you say don't come up with catchy names, then WTH are the other options besides a other (g)TLD?
     
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    Just consider it possible. Figure it out and you'll be able to do it too OR let your disbelief disregard my comments as some [email protected] running his mouth on a web forum. Choice is yours. I've done it at will easily in highly saturated market categories. Its 90% strategy and planning and 10% execution.
     
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