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These are my options:
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.
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]
Nope - but browsers will.
Opera seems to...MSIE and FF tend to show their best SERPs results, others I've not tested.