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Old 03-03-2007, 04:39 PM
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Default .info good idea?

Several domains that I would like are taken with .com

What do you think about .info domains?

Go for it? Or?
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Old 03-03-2007, 10:13 PM
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Default Re: .info good idea?

I'd say this'll give a false impression about what it's about; especially when it is a commercial activity you're running behind it.

Just look closely at the following names:


www.samhober.info

www.samhober.org

www.samhober.tv

www.samhober.net


What is your first impression with each name? And if you're still holding on to one of them; does it sound and feel good? There's no use in having a name which you don't believe in I'd say.

You could also print the name(s) you're considering and ask someone what their first impressions are.

>> Nothing more important than a first impression right? <<
(especially with customers)


But then again, what's in a name?

Hope this helps.
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Default Re: .info good idea?

.com is always the best choice if available, and you should never use a domain that already has the .com taken. You stand a chance of losing customers who mistakenly type in the .com
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Default Re: .info good idea?

I agree, but with one caveat. If you are uk based then .co.uk is a strong alternative.
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Old 03-04-2007, 05:28 AM
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Default Re: .info good idea?

Thank you.

While .com is certainly the best answer most of the time in this case it is not an option.

While there is probably a rhyme and reason to the various choices such as .gov being for the government and .org being for a nonprofit(?) most of the other choices such as .net do not currently mean much.

And while .com may certainly steal away some traffic I wonder if .com is becoming so crowded that like new area codes for phone numbers people will get used to .net etc.

At this point the discussion becomes a bit philosophical and requires a forecast of future events difficult (just look at the weathermen...) but very interesting.

I am starting to think that .net might be a good option
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Default Re: .info good idea?

its a shame .us has not captured the imagination in the same way as .uk
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Default Re: .info good idea?

You're swimming against the tide with anything other than a .com or .co.uk usually. .net and .info might as well be .death

The only real surprise by people who've tested this, are .orgs, IF you provide a lot of content.

.org dont' have good return value (as most people automatically type in .com), but they have a high trust value. Trust is a key factor in commerce.
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Old 03-04-2007, 07:19 AM
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its a shame .us has not captured the imagination in the same way as .uk

Richard,

Good point - I did not even know that there was a .us.

Now my secondary choice is between .us and .net

.net still has a nice internet type of sound to it.


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You're swimming against the tide with anything other than a .com or .co.uk usually. .net and .info might as well be .death

The only real surprise by people who've tested this, are .orgs, IF you provide a lot of content.

.org dont' have good return value (as most people automatically type in .com), but they have a high trust value. Trust is a key factor in commerce.


The question is: is .net swimming against the tides of time as in will it become popular in say a few years from now as others stumble against the limitations of .com?
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The question is: is .net swimming against the tides of time as in will it become popular in say a few years from now as others stumble against the limitations of .com?

It doesn't matter what providers do. It matters what's inside end user's heads.

The phrase "Build it and they will come" will kill you. Plenty of companies have "built it", and did it entirely their way, and nobody came. You have to interface with how people at large work, instead of being so different that you literally alienate others. That means doing things in a way that were compatible with the habits and thoughts of end users.

In the end user world, they assume .com for everything, and their fingers automatically type it at the end of every word -- it's a VERY ingrained habit.

They trust .com and .org. In the UK, they also trust and use .co.uk. Most users distrust distrust almost everything else.

You can split test these things very easily. Here's how:

--> Get a google adwords account

--> Run the same ad, with the same domain name but different extensions. i.e., everything is the same in each ad, EXCEPT the domain extension

See what people click on the most. For most markets, .net won't work as well, unless you're selling something to people in the hosting industry... you know, something related to the .net extension. yourhostingcompany.net is usually okay.

You can almost always find a good .com. It just takes a LOOOOOONG time. I'm constantly mining new .coms. Anything I want that I can't get immediately, I put into domain name capturing services.

There's also places like afternic.com and tdnam.com that sell domain names cheap. I'd browse those... often. You might just see a domain name that'd work even better than the one you had in mind.
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