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Which is better to use for my main site?
My plan was to use one of these, and have the other redirect to it, But which one is better to publicise?
Which are people more likly to remeber well enough to type in, without going over to my competitor?
[edited by: Webwork at 7:24 pm (utc) on Sep. 16, 2006]
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Your situation is complicated by the fact that wordandword.com is taken; so you are already losing out to them - and will continue to do so.
However good 'word and word' seems to be, I'd worry a lot about appearing to be a me-too site, whichever name you use.
I'd ALWAYS look for a unique name, one that is unlikely (as opposed to extremely likely) to get confused with an established .com site. Then I'd 301 all other domains to the new site, to maximise type in error referrals (not that you'll get many).
Thing is about a me-too site, is that however well it does, it can never achieve brand status. And, rightly or wrongly, wordandword trumps word-and-word.
It ain't easy; but I'd keep on looking. :)
For example, if stockoptions.com is taken try to reg stockoptionstrading.com or tradingstockoptions.com
I think some of the newer TLDs will take some time.
.ws isn't a "newer" TLD, though. It's the ccTLD for Western Samoa. It is being "marketed" by the company that has the contract with Western Samoa as meaning "website".
They had the gaul to complain to ICANN that proposed .web or .website gTLDs would cause "confusion".
.tv is the ccTLD for the tiny island nation of Tuvalu. They've had some success marketing it as meaning "television".