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What to buy if "youname.com" is taken?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by wallofiron, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. wallofiron

    wallofiron Power Member

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    what would you go with? The person sitting on myname.com is squatting trying to sell it to me for $15k..lol

    do you go with .net?.org?.me?.tv? or your-name.com?

    or

    forget it all together and get a slogan instead?
     
  2. satyr85

    satyr85 Power Member

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    your-name.com google ignore "-"
     
  3. phpbuilt

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    If you want a bonus in Google SERPs based on the fact you have an exact match domain, that would be .com, .net or .org and no dashes. Anything else isn't an EMD, or at least won't get you any bonus in the search engines.

    Someone was saying once that replacing the words with thesaurus interchangeable words might get you an EMD bonus (for instance, if you're trying to rank for "dog training" and "caninetraining.org" was available, that might get you a bonus because when you search for "canine training" in Google, it shows "dog" bolded (meaning Google considers dog an exact match for the word canine).

    Best of my knowledge from personal experimentation, and reading the experiences of others -- domains with a dash, .info, .me, etc aren't going to get you a bonus in SERPs for being an exact match.

    I'm also of the opinion that prefixes and suffixes won't get an EMD bonus (buykeyword.com, keywordstore.com, keywordguide.com, etc.)

    If you can't get an EMD .com, .net or .org, I think the next best thing is to get a brandable, memorable name. In other words -- you're not getting {keyword}guide.com because you're expecting a bonus in SERPs, but because you like it as a brand name.
     
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  4. darkmonk

    darkmonk Regular Member

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    It depends what you are planning to use the domain for. My solution used to be to spend the bucks and go for the TV domain. That gets expensive quick though, but I have been able to rank with them, and as far as branding I figured its easier for people to remember TV. I have read conflicting information as to whether .TV gets an EMD boost or not. I've done so much off site SEO with my .tv domains that I can't say for sure if it does or not.

    If you just want it for the EMD boost get the .net or .org.

    I'm experimenting right now with a couple of .mobi domains. Given Google's recent predilection for mobile, I'm curious to see how hard it is to rank one of them. I ran into the same problem - all the main TLDs for what I wanted to name my company were taken.
     
  5. gregstereo

    gregstereo Elite Member

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    Yes, if .com is taken but either .net or .org EMD is available, get one or both of those. A very optimized .net or .org can outperform the same .com.

    As far as .mobi's, interesting idea, I haven't played with that TLD for awhile, I was a bit turned off by the requirements of making a .mobi site.
     
  6. Mountaineer

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    EMD really help sometimes in SEO efforts so I'd suggest to get a hyphenated version but there is high risk of losing traffic especially if you have returning type-in visitors.
     
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    Guys don't forget about the *.co , it recently became a top level domain .....
     
  8. willywonka100

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    depends on what you will be using the website for. If your branding a company name then forget about "-"'s, you'll need a solid brandable.com name.
    Otherwise i'd say go with your-name.com
     
  9. SahL

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    If you'll Mostly be using the domain name to promote your self.

    go for yourname.net.

    If you want to rank better on google on the keyword ''yourname''

    go for your-name.com. (doesnt make hell lot of difference in rankings, but it does).
     
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  10. freelapse

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    Buy both your-name.com and yourname.net and 301 one of them.

    .org makes sense sometimes too.
     
  11. kiwilx

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    can it be your-name-name? and what if there is no .com for that would you go with your-name-name.org or .net?

    or let´s suppose you wana register a name like cutedogstoys and all of them is taken would you go with cute-dog-toys? or would you go with cutedog-toys.com?

    thanks :)
     
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  12. dog-tag

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    personally I'd make a different name, and create a logo with the name and turn it into a brand... don't give that guy any money, and don't give him ANY of your traffic, hate to offend anyone here but domain squatting is the lowest form of marketing to me...
     
  13. kiwilx

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    anyone can check the reply, thanks
     
  14. drdankmendez

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    Change your name. I suggest something like: Max Power
     
  15. MakeLemonade

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    Can't believe no one posted yourname.me.

    Me
     
  16. foreclosureking

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    Dude you can use any extension you want. It doesn't matter if your SEO game is tight.

    We rank#1 for plenty of tough terms (7 million+ competing pages in quotes) using .info's, .net's or whatever we choose. Many times we use the #1 after the main KW (whartever1.com or whatever1.info) and still outrank sites using the original keyword.com

    It doesn't matter. Just focus on your SEO. But still get the main keyword in the domain.
     
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  17. SEOWhizz

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    It all depends on what your goals are.

    Short term, go for the EMD .net or .org.

    For longer term, go for a brand name and build authority.
     
  18. blackhat.mmm

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    'Love the new name, Max.'


    And yeah, I throw the kw into any old domain (gotoMYKEYWORD-now-super.in)
    and it still pops in SERPs & will go #1 depending on comp.

    Just go go go! into on/off-line promotion. Don't waste time on unimportant (IMO!) steps.

    Onsite SEO and consistent 'activity' in and around your site buys way more
    love than forced, gamey-looking EMDs.







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  19. flx89

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    15k for a yourname.com website?:) what's your name? steve jobs?

    Anyway, go for your-name.com
     
  20. theMHR

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    If its the company name for which you want to launch a site then you can invest for it but another way is to purchase .org domain. Register a trade mark with that name and snatch domain from the person.