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Which one's better: exactmatchkw.CO or notexactmatchkw.COM ?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by pdoods, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. pdoods

    pdoods Regular Member

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    Here's the deal:

    Found a good niche keyword.

    Exact match keyword .com, .org, .net, .info are all takeng.

    .co is still available.

    Competition is medium.

    exactmatchkw.NET is #1 in Google.

    The question is:

    Which one's better in SEO point of view:

    exactmatchkw.CO [exact match yes, but it's a .co domain (??)]

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    notexactmatchkw.COM [not exact match but kw will be included in the name with a variaton like MYexactmatchkw or exactmatchkwSHOP, etc. and it's a .com domain]

    If we think the SEO, how good is .co domain with exact match keyword compared to not-exact-match-but-still-containing-the-keyword .com ?

    Will the exact match keyword give me any advantage even if it's a .co domain? Or will the .com STILL be better even if it's not going to be the exact match domain?

    How weak is .co compared to .com ?
     
  2. Autumn

    Autumn Elite Member

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    The official word from Google is that there is no difference between tlds, but how many .co's do you see ranking?
     
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  3. RobBanks

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    if you can afford it, always go with the .com - which one would you click on if they were side by side?
     
  4. Dropdown

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    I would personally go with something that's not KW related. Though it is harder to rank, people will come back to your site. For example:

    Checkthelatestnews.com or Checkthelatestnews.co
    Those 2 domains are different, but if the average surfer is browsing the web it is most certain that if they type checkthelatestnews they will put .com behind it instead of .co. (This might be confusing).
    So if you want your visitors to return you might want to get something less KW related. If you just want your visitors to check out your website once (i don't see why), then go with .co
     
  5. oinky222

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    From a "brandability" standpoint, .COM is vastly superior, but for SEO, getting the exact match .co domain is definitely better. Exact match domain's get a HUGE SEO benefit and search engines obviously dont give extra bonuses to .com instead of .co

    So if all of your traffic is coming from search engines, I'd definitely get the EMD and not bother with the .COM
     
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  6. pdoods

    pdoods Regular Member

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    So far haven't seen none, but on the other hand isn't .co a fairly new TLD ?
     
  7. pdoods

    pdoods Regular Member

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    Well, if I personally search for information through Google, I usually don't look what the domain name or extension is, just the content and information on it matters. So at this point of view, I think it doesn't matter much..
     
  8. pdoods

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    Good point,

    but the niche I'm going to break into is a micro niche/mini site and there aint going to be lot of content and its gonna be updated very rarely so returning visitors aren't actually something I'm after for, just the SE traffic.
     
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    The bolded statement simply is not true anymore at least with google. I can just as easily rank a non-keyword domain name as a keyword one. The SEO benefits were heavily discounted by google quite a few algorithm changes ago.

    If it were me I would go for a relevant .com domain. I still use keywords in my domain name whenever possible for the little SEO benefits they do offer but I don't get bent out of shape about it.

    Lets say I'm targeting cheap blue iphones, I might use something like bestblueiphones dot com or some variation of the keywords with a .com, .net, or .org. Don't worry about it being an exact match. You can use a related keyword and still get the benefits.
     
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  10. beazt

    beazt Power Member

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    I suggest going for the non exact match .com domain. The SEO benefit is not worth it to go after the .co domain.
     
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    my last 5 micro siche sites were emd and i did not see a huge difference to domains which included the keyword with a stop word.
    so i switched to non emd, because this makes the keyword research much more comfortable, especially when all the domains are only parked.
     
  12. pdoods

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    So it seems .com is the way to go after all.. and it's cheaper than .co btw :)
     
  13. J1218

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    That's what I was thinking. I believe .co domains just came out a few months ago, so chances are we won't be seeing a lot of them ranking yet.

    I'm also curious how they rank compared with the other TLDs. I know people (even Google) say the TLD doesn't matter, but I've heard of some people that tested trying to rank a .info and said it was much harder. Plus, you rarely see .infos ranking high, so I think the TLD may actually matter somewhat, although it's just a guess.
     
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    Just so people can see a .co ranking.

    Google the word: xrumer
     
  15. Autumn

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    Nice! I think that's literally the first .co I've seen ranking.

    Interesting set of backlinks on that domain. :D It also has a wikipedia link.
     
  16. gamingneeds

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    While I do suggest a non-exact.com over an exact.co (for now at least), I have to disagree with the above statement.

    We recently ran a study where we measured the results of using a new EMD versus a matured non-EMD domain. We targeted the same keywords and used the same SEO strategy.

    Our EMD quickly jumped to the first page of Google within about 6 days of testing while our non-EMD domain slowly crept up the results pages and now sits at the bottom of page 1 while our EMD is still holding strong at the top.
     
  17. pdoods

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    Interesting.

    What TLD's the domains are?
     
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    I think the jury is still out on .co sites. The tld hasn't really been around long enough for any really through tests to have been done. However persoanlly iwould stick with what we know works and ok you might need to do a bit more linkbuilding to get a non exact keyword match.com up to the top but I think it is still a safer bet than risking a .co
     
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    I bought a EXACTKEYWORD cx domain for an adultish dating site and it worked a charm with google - ranks perfect page one for KEYWORD + USA and KEYWORD + ZA within 2 weeks of upload. I was nervous as hell investing a lot of time and effort into a .cx and needent have been
     
  20. dichotom

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    I bought a few exact match .co domains 2 days ago and am going to run some tests with them vs a .com that I am already working on, I will report back with any results or differences I can see