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.us domains -- any good?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by tattoo, May 28, 2008.

  1. tattoo

    tattoo Regular Member

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    i've heard that google doesn't like .info domains. what about .us domains? from an seo perspective, are these second-class domains in google's eyes?
     
  2. portillo

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    Definently second, no wait third class but that doesnt make them useless, it depends on what you are using them for
     
  3. noobatlife

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    obviously if you own porn.us its going to be worth something :)
     
  4. entity

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    Try to look for a .com, .net or .org version of the domain name that you want to register with .us TLD
     
  5. symbiotic

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    As portillo said, it depends on what you are using them for. I use .com's thru .info's and everything in between, but I wouldn't put something I was trying to brand on anything other than a .com

    .info's work perfectly well for some things as do .us

    Look at del.icio.us ;)
     
  6. tattoo

    tattoo Regular Member

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    i'm just interested in the SERPs, not branding. keyword.us is frequently available and it's always shorter than a three word phrase or using hyphens.

    all i'm concerned about is whether it will have equal chance of getting onto SERP1
     
  7. symbiotic

    symbiotic BANNED BANNED

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    I personally don't think it matters as far as SERPs go. The only reason you see more .com's at the top of the SE's is that many of them have been around for a longer period of time and longevity is big deal to SE's. Obviously doing SEP work and updating regularly have something to do with it as well, but age is definitely factor ;)
     
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    yeah that's what i'm thinking. i'll register the .us domains then. we'll see what happens
     
  9. tattoo

    tattoo Regular Member

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    but then i read that last week, google 'accidentally' dropped all the .info domains from the index for 24 hours. if they'll do that with the .info, they'll eventually do it with the .us too, i'm thinking...
     
  10. boomboomer

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    If your target audience is primarily US based, then it would be an advantage to use a .us TLD. Google suggests that they consider these TLDs to be targeted towards country specific audiences.
     
  11. ac1020

    ac1020 Newbie

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    Definitely depends on the user, SERPs wise, you should be ok with a .us domain. Usually what keeps you from ranking high is that most .us domains haven't been optimized and most are pretty new and still in the sandbox period.