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a dot COM vs a dot TV domain name
when getting search results does it matter what the domain extension is?

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Msg#: 3936423 posted 1:32 am on Jun 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

First, my apologies if I am posting under the wrong category. I have two domain names one is a dot COM such as TheExample.COM and the other is a dot TV such as Example.TV. My question is with all things such as content, SEO etc. being equal, would one domain outperform the other in search results. The domain for the dot TV is shorter while the dot COM is prefixed with "The", the site will be a media site with videos etc. which is why I selected it. But is there some reason why a dot COM may outperform a dot TV, or does it matter. Thank-you in advance.



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Msg#: 3936423 posted 2:18 am on Jun 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebMasterWorld Highlander355.

I can't think of a reason why the .com would be better than the .tv. Although there has been many threads about one extension being preferred over another there has never been any conclusive proof tabled. Obviously, .coms have been around longer to gain many of the attributes required to increase ranking in the serps. However, all things being equal you a better off with a shorter and hopefully more generic domain. Great that with a .tv you are going to feature video. I'm a fan of .tv and see a bright future for an extension that promises to show users all the colour movement sound and excitement that only Video/tv can show. Hope you will let us know how you get on.


Msg#: 3936423 posted 4:36 pm on Jun 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

Yep, you should be in the search forum.

there has never been any conclusive proof tabled

I have it after testing hundreds of Tlds and it is not quite so equal as many believe it is supposed to be however that is not the question in hand.

Presumably you're going global and not directing it at any one specific region or country? If so then host in the USA for maximum Google love, it can be very difficult to get a .com registered and hosted in another country to even rank in Google.com these days so accurate/delicate/quirky is their geo-targetting.

Ensure your titlebar, keywords and description tags are all completed and accurately reflect the on-page information.

Whether to be .com or .tv?

My gut reaction is the .com however if the example.tv is a seriously good brandable name I would be very tempted to go with that.

Another advantage of going with .tv is that quite possibly other video/media sites may be willing to link to you quicker and more easily than the .com...that's another gut reaction as well...and what about your business cards when discussing those mega media deals:

highlander355 [ at ] example.tv
highlander355 [ at ] example.com

Hey, must go get me one:-)


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Msg#: 3936423 posted 11:29 am on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

We have had some decent success with our keyword.tv. The com version of the keyword is not being used and is currently for sale (7 figures). So maybe that helped our domain get some credibility.

From what we have seen, the tv extension ranks very well against coms. It really boils down to content.


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Msg#: 3936423 posted 11:47 am on Jun 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thank-you for the great replies! I think I will go with using the .TV extension, get some good content and solid links and see what happens. Thanks again for all the valuable input, it is much appreciated.

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