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Why are .info so cheap?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by MiLiTARYiV, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. MiLiTARYiV

    MiLiTARYiV Senior Member

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    Does anybody know why .info's are sp cheap compared to the the other domains?
     
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    personally i think its so that you buy a ton of them, then a year later you have to renew them all and this time its like $6.99 each..... thats what godaddy does which will suck if you have 50 of them and you really havent used them for what you intended too... lol i fell into that trap!
     
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    Wow, I did not know that about the renew rates. Makes a certain amount of sense, but why pick .info's to do that? Just because they're so weird? :X

    Also congrats mark on becoming unbanned.
     
  4. MiLiTARYiV

    MiLiTARYiV Senior Member

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    Makes perfect sense. Those (.info's) are throw away domains before the year is up.

    Thanlks
     
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    Agreed I use .info mainly as throw a way. Usually they're just for a quick project so I just buy new ones on a need to purchase basis. Helps cut costs and since I know SEO the whole .info vs. .com doesn't really effect me to much if at all.

    As for why they are priced that... Mainly because they hit you on renewal fees if you keep them. Basically it's a quick buck for the registers and people buy them up like crazy because there's cheap and since it's virtual real estate it doesn't really cost them anything minus a few servers and in exchange they make many millions.
     
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    uhm, where can I find the renew rate.
    I wanted to buy a dot info, but it seems it's not too smart to do that.
     
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    I have some .info domains which are due to expire in a couple of months.

    Is it possible to let the domains expire and then buy them again for 99c almost immediately after (Avoiding the inflated renewal fee) ?
     
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    LOL If your willing to wait about 2 months before they become fully expired and available to purchase again, lost all of their backlinks and what ever was on the site then sure :D :pcguru:
     
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    hey guys i just wanted to ask is it possible to buy only ONE cheap .info domain... I need only ONE not two or more just one so can I buy just one domain for 0.99 or how much will it cost to buy only ONE domain.. and I don't have an credit card linked to my paypal acc because i don't have one so can i still buy a domain????
     
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    You can buy a .info domain at GoDaddy for $0.99 and you also have to pay a $0.20 fee everytime you register a domain so the total cost is $1.19 for the first year. The renewal cost will be higher after the first year. You can pay by PayPal without a credit card.
     
  11. shockwave

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    I don't think they're cheap because they're weird, they're weird because they're cheap. When .info domains were introduced they were considered unnecessary so to create demand the registrars were charging $0.99 for the first year to hook people. The low fee attracted a lot of domain squatters and spammers and that gave the .info extension a bad reputation. Now that people have to pay higher fees to renew the domains a lot of the junk sites are being dropped so the reputation could improve over time.
     
  12. MiLiTARYiV

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    MYTH

    >info's ranks just as high as .coms
     
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    lol every .info from whereever you buy the domain has a higher renew fee. I personally think that .info domains are cheap because they are .info. Would you register a .info or a .com or .co.uk name for your business? Ofcourse you would prefer .com. Sounds better, looks better, it's shorter, but there is no difference in how these domains are ranked by search engines.
     
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    the domain names seemed fairly limited with that extension..
     
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    .info's suck for name branding.
    .com's is where the name recognition is.

    I used to use them as throwaways when I was doing web proxies, when one would be blocked by nannyware, I would just pick up a few more .info's to start up again.
     
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    Info's aren't necessarily cheap, you can get them cheaply from godaddy, namecheap and one or two others but many registrars charge as much for an info as for a com.

    I have a ton of infos with godaddy, many of them perform well, if they don't perform I don't renew them. I get quite a few banned by Google, by pushing a little too much, but no big deal I let them drop. I have no real issue with godaddy renewal at $8 or so, my big issue is privacy, free for the first year then $8 or so thereafter. So instead of renewal I transfer to another registrar where I can get renewal for about $7 and privacy for $1

    Sure, I'd prefer to have all coms but apart from the price it's far easier to find nice info names than com names.. while I can get them at $1.19 I will keep using them.

    OK, for my main business sites I want the com, but I also want the net, org, us, biz, info tel and perhaps others.

    I have infos and coms that do well, but my best performing site (doing well for years) is an org, you can never tell.

    BTW if you want a com and net and org, if the're available register the info with godaddy, part of their upsell will be to offer you the other extensions at half price.
     
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    depends how you use a .info it can rank just as effectively on the first page of google as a .com and sometimes higher depending on what method you use to get it there...

    it really depends on the type of campaign you are doing and what goals you want to achieve, for short term campaigns infos are great if your in it for the longhaul i would always choose .com and if i had to .net

    to be honest i really dont care what anyone says - everyone to their own, my methods are tried and tested and i know what works for me! :)

    incidentally if you dont have a discount voucher for buying a domain at godaddy - just do a search for cheap domain names in google, and godaddy will always be listed top in the sponsored ads, click it and your domain will always be a little cheaper :)

    i just checked godaddy regular .com $9.99 after doing the above $6.99 the discount gets applied at the very end of your transaction...

    ive been doing this for ages now :)

    hth
     
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    .info are... for "information" websites, you won't make a business/corp website using an info - you'd rather go with a .com
    They are cheap first year because probably godaddy felt like making it easier for bloggers to acquire domains for their blogs - a cool move with the blog trend uprising these years.
    They are also handy for blackhat gambling.

    I am also doing this - and a lot of other ppl too - must suck for godaddy paying all these clicks - LMAO :p
     
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    @bonehead your definitely right about a 10year .com domain going head to head with a new .info using regular seo techniques, ie onsite/offsite optimization, in most instances the ten year would normally come out top

    i just use an unconventional method that goes against the grain and will still kick the ass of a ten year domain if the conditions/circumstances are right ;)
     
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    When I buy a new .com, .net, or .org, I buy the info as well since they are always available and cheap. Just park it on the main site and use it for commenting or mailing list or anything that might be risky instead of your main site. My 2cents.