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Which TLD for affiliate site?

     
8:05 am on Oct 11, 2019 (gmt 0)

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There are so many articles about this online and everybody say the same.
That .com is the best and then .net or .org

But I want to ask if .org would work fine for a specific country, like Germany. Also can it be used for all affiliate niches or it may work better for some of them and not so good for others?
I have found an expired site that is targeting the German audience but it's a .org
Would it be ok to buy it or it's a wrong approach for targeting this country?
12:44 pm on Oct 15, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Noone has any recommendations?
1:49 pm on Oct 15, 2019 (gmt 0)

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.com is usually the best TLD for most situations. If you are targeting a specific country (besides USA) it is probably smarter to go with the the country TLD like .de for Germany. It depends if you are generat

.net & .org aren't usually good options for creating new sites. Sure you can resurrect old expired .net & .org domains but for a new website go with .com if targeting multiple countries or country specific TLD. Before anyone thinks about registering expired domains, you should know its extremely competitive trying to grab a good expired domain. The worthless domains are easy to re-register but if you aren't ready to spend good money & resources don't expect high value expired domains. It could be cheaper to buy a pre-existing site before it even expires.

Of course there are a few exceptions for launching new sites. One exception is .org being great for creating a brand new fake non-profit industry association persona. You can then post reviews and articles to push your agenda and it can seem unbiased because you are .org & not a profit seeking .com.

Back to the original question - for an affiliate site in Germany I'd probably go with a .de domain. It will be easier in the long term to build it up into a brand with its own loyal following generating long term affiliate revenue. If you are looking more towards a churn & burn spammy quick money grab, then do whatever you think will exploit a weakness in the Google algo.
10:48 am on Oct 16, 2019 (gmt 0)

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@goodroi
Thanks for your input.
Well we are not after the short term solutions, but on the other hand this org domain -that I have found- seems to be legit and with good presence in Germany.
Also, it's not a non-profit and it doesn't try to imply that it is by writing something about this inside it's pages, which is a quite fair approach.
4:30 am on Nov 1, 2019 (gmt 0)

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.com , .net, and .org are all gTLDs or generic top level domains.
this means google, for example, would see them as not being geotargeted domains.
however google provides a method to specify the geotargeting for a gTLD of you prefer to target a single country woth a gTLD.

the ideal solution is to use a ccTLD which is geotargeted to the country code of the TLD, in this case the .de ccTLD.
9:35 am on Nov 1, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Any discussion regarding the use of .org instead of .com should start with the basic question: is the .com already in use?

If not, then .com and take over the .org and .net, too, to insure the ultimate value of .com.

IF .com is already in use I don't care how "respected" the .org you want to buy might be it is starting in a hole before anything gets done... and it's a long uphill struggle from there on out.

YMMV

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