any advice would be most helpful
Hi stavs, we're not ignoring you, honest..
We all know that .com .org and .net were setup to accomodate Commercial Organisations, ISPs & Networks, and Non-Profit Organisations respectively, and this used to be enforced when buying domain names.
But these days, the rules are so relaxed that I really don't think anyone, let alone SEDs, take any notice of the suffix.
So I would say that if you can get .orgs in your preferred domain then go ahead and make good use of them. I can see no reason why they should be treated any different.
As always of course, I am open to further opinions and/or corrections.
you might also consider buying a .net.
I operate one and found it doing very well on all SEs.
Another point though is the impression a .net or a .org makes upon your targeted users. Like when selling B2B services a .org might not be such a good idea.
So the advantages of getting a domain with your exact keyword must be weighed against the advantages of having a domain with a suffix your users feel comfortable with.
In other words: weigh SEO matters against user friendliness.
>when selling B2B services a .org might not be such a good idea.
good point heini and one that I didn't think about. I guess I mix in different circles...
Thanks for the opinions/advice.
Why would some users be put off with the .org ? I can't see the reason for this - is it an issue of prestige, i.e. .org is seen as a compromise, whereas .com might signify a bigger, more established business?
From my research I can see that .org is least favoured by name buyers of the three major extensions: .com (obviously) and .net ? Is there really a stigma with .org? There seems to be plenty left on the shelf.
Do the search engines discriminate at all?
when I see a .org I expext seeing some noncommercial site, like some special interest groups forum or something.
>is it an issue of prestige, i.e. .org is seen as a compromise, whereas .com might signify a bigger, more established business?
Exactly, only that a .org is not a compromise. It just fits special sites, other than .com.
>Do the search engines discriminate at all?
For what I know: No. The only exception might be .edu. Some members believe .edu getīs a boost in Google.
I have a .org site, which Copernic rates #3 overall on the engines, for a two word phrase which got 2122 searches on GoTo last month.
Interestingly, I haven't touched this page in any way for over a year, so age and stability in the database is still an obvious factor. According to Google it only has two links to it - so link pop doesn't enter into the equation.
I have a couple of .nets with much the same story.
So from what I can see it doesn't make much difference from the engines' point of view what you get.
I think it depends very much on how savvy your potential customers are...I'd not be keen on buying anything from a .org unless I could see a clear reason why they have the domain...it strikes me as being perilously close to false pretences and I'd need a lot of reassuring about any commercial company that used one
A few caveats in addition to the "What the heck is a commercial site doing with a .org?" factor:
-- you might lose some visitors to the .com... sometimes people focus on the name and take the .com part for granted.
-- if the .com is trademarked, that could be the reason why the .org is untouched.
-- you never know when a thread like the one below will re-surface...
Personally I don't touch .orgs out of respect...let them remain for non-profits, etc.
Can't say I have scientific data but I suspect a .com or a .net will do equally well if you "just do it".
From what I've read, VeriSign will lose the rights to administer the .org domain in 2002. They are to be turned over to a (yet unnamed) nonprofit corporation in 2002 along with $5 million.
This is a done deal; approved by the U.S. government and ICANN, from what I understand.
I'd strongly advise against buying .org for spamming purposes. While I suspect that old ".org" owners will be grandfathered in by this new nonprofit, I also suspect that they will take a dim view of any obvious attempt to subvert the domain, beyond what InterNic/VeriSign has already allowed to occur.
Besides, it's immoral to use .org for spamming. You set yourself up for immoral counterattacks, such as DDoS or hacking.