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What is the deal with .info?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by GoogleMarketing101, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. GoogleMarketing101

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    Why have I heard it's not good to buy .info domains? Does google not like them?
     
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  2. s0phia

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    what you heard is not true, read it up in the domains section - unless you want to brand your domain it doesnt matter, google doesnt care if its a .com or an .info.
     
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    That's what I thought but i've heard conflicting opinions. Thanks.
     
  4. evamenders

    evamenders Power Member

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    .com is always best than .info
    thrully .-)
    you found always tons of .com in top 10 with google in all keywords you want
    (exemple bingo casino)
     
  5. whitehat

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    I believe it has to do with people's perception.

    .com has more cred in people's eyes

    if you had casino.com and casino.info both identical content, casino.com would get more traffic, and would thus rise to the top in google ranking.

    I have some good info names that I will not re-reg again.

    I rather have cool-name.com than coolname.info :)
     
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    It doesn't matter to Google - it matters to people. It's been proven time and time again that people feel most comfortable with .coms - if they've remember a domain without the extension, their first try is going to be thatdomain.com.

    This is probably because it's most prevalent - 99% of the major and reputable sites people use have .com domains. People seem to trust .coms more than any other extension. .infos seem to invoke a feeling of "what the hell is this site?" in normal internet users if they're supposedly viewing a trustworthy site and it ends in .info.
     
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    There is nothing wrong with .info domains i have 3 ranked in the top ten. The only thing is is that they are less common so when ppl think of a web address the automatically think of .com

    amazon.com
    amazon.info

    but technically there is nothing wrong with them just a cheaper alternative. because they are less popular
     
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    I have sexocean.info and I don't see any problem.
     
  9. intence

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    100% agreed with Bauerdude. Google does not care whether your site is a .net .org or .info but the people who go to your site will care. Like others have said, .com is almost second nature to everyone. I think a lot of people are hesitant to go to .info because it almost seems less 'legit.' With that said I'd honestly go for a .com
     
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    If you plan to sell them then .info is a no no for you.
    For me it just doesnt sell so well.. unless u got a special .info domain
     
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    it depends what you plan on doing with it

    For regular use like any other site then you wont have a problem .. however ive had tonns of experience that shows .infos are FAR more likely to get banned from google if you using BH techniques like cloaking etc! Then its all about ROI with infos been so cheap
     
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    Heard from who? Google? Unless it came from the mouth of Google, what you heard is a rumor.
     
  13. lizmoz

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    Yeah, coms are usually to go with, but then again, .info is intuitive for some domains at least in my mind.. it can convince people that it's a free site, not trying to sell anything (although it actually does). whatevertips.info, or howtosomething.info just sounds better than .coms in terms of luring people to think it's totally free. Don't know though if there is any real research that could justify this. As for SEO, there doesn't seem to a difference.
     
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    I think it all depends on how you promote it.

    I think people's perception of anything but .com, .edu, and .gov's is a little low if they are going to actually type it into the browser. But if someone is just clicking on a link, it doesn't matter.

    That being said, I prefer .com's for sites I promote that are static niche sites. I use .infos and others for blogging and other traffic driving sites.

    Whether the mighty search engines care? Who knows.
     
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    .info domains are great if you want to set-up spam/direct visits/spam visits but for google I suggest something .com/org/net/... people just like them more.
     
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    once upon a time, google dropped all .info sites from the index. they did come back pretty quickly, but you know that something like that would never happen with .com domains
     
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    I dont think it matters at all concerning serps, I have many many .infos that beat out .coms in ranking. I would concentrate more on content than TLD's
     
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    Wow. I've had the opposite results that everyone seems to be enjoying. I've not seen a difference in my .net .org .com ... but my .info domains never seem to take off in the SERPs. So bad in fact, I don't even bother with them anymore. If you are planning on putting some effort into branding your domain, I'd spend the extra 5 bucks.
     
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    This is a %100 correct, also plenty of other threads on it.
    I have used plenty of .infos and there is nothing wrong with them if you are not branding your domain.
     
  20. vinniffa

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    Of course you do find lots of .com in top serps. Because google loves age and because when you have a bigger project you use .com.. Because people keep thinking that .info are not valuable..

    I have a bunch of .infos getting well in serps...

    My 2 cents..