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.com or .info?
Need help understanding which is the best extension and why.
pigsinpink

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3013958 posted 3:32 am on Jul 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have a banded domain name but I'm thinking of registering for a new domain name so that it is easier for search engines to pick up.

These are my options:

(keyword)+(word).com
or
(keyword)+(word).info

My site is an information site for teachers, so I thought of naturally going with .info. But upon reading some of the postings it sounds like .com is more popular.

Should I stick with the brand name or should I register a new domain name?

Also how can I go about forwarding my old domain to the new name.

 

sandor

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3013958 posted 4:31 am on Jul 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

.com's definitely the way to go if it's available

forwarding your old domain name .... there are a number of redirect options .. you should do a few searches on 'redirects' and see which would suit you best

pigsinpink

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3013958 posted 10:05 am on Jul 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

From an SEO point of view, do you think search engines give more weight to .com over .info?

gpmgroup

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3013958 posted 1:44 pm on Jul 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

From an SEO point of view, do you think search engines give more weight to .com over .info?
Nope.
Quadrille

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Msg#: 3013958 posted 2:04 pm on Jul 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

Nope - but browsers will.

Think long and hard before changing, as the small seo advantage (that a new name MAY bring) masks many disadvantages - at least for a while.

When you forward, use a 301, and remove all content from the old site; get as many as possible inbound links changed to the new URL.

Try to buy the .com AND the .info - then 301 from one to the other - this avoids the situation of you having .info, and porn site buying .com and creaming off your visitors (and - in your case - damaging your reputation)

But - if the current site works, MUCH better to fix it than start over in 19 cases out of 20, especially if the name you aleady use has some weight. Why throw that away?

[edited by: Quadrille at 2:06 pm (utc) on July 19, 2006]

wmuser

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3013958 posted 8:39 pm on Jul 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

.com but we have a few nice .info examples too.
Those few websites are defently bet their .com compoetitors so its mostly about yoru knowledges.

OptiRex



 
Msg#: 3013958 posted 1:54 am on Jul 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Nope - but browsers will.

Opera seems to...MSIE and FF tend to show their best SERPs results, others I've not tested.

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