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.biz or .info for a website with articles on affiliate marketing?

Which would be better?

     
5:42 am on Nov 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I sold the .com of a four character domain name and am now left with the .biz and .info. I'd like to set up a serious affiliate marketing portal. Would you recommend I use #*$!x.biz or #*$!x.info for it please?

I thought .biz might go with a site about business/marketing, but am concerned about the association with spammers which has been mentioned elsewhere in this section.

Thank you.

8:34 am on Nov 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I don't personally think there is anything in it either way. .biz lends itself towards business and sales, however it doesn't bring you much as it's still a 'third grade' domain name.

How about using both? As the name itself is the same you can do some useful A/B testing...

10:16 am on Nov 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I can see why you're considering the .biz, but .info fits and in my view has a much bigger future as a tld so I'd go with that. Just one opinion, of course.
4:34 pm on Nov 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Funny how it works. ICANN approves a new global TLD "for business" and the business world shrugs and continues to build on .com.

Maybe, if you build a successful website on the .biz, you will become one of ICANN's favorite pioneers?

Of course, I'd expect a healthy portion of your traffic to spill over to the .com version of the domain, will the balance of the spillage going to .net, .org and .info.

Eventually people who didn't have a hotlink would figure out that your website is actually located on a .biz domain.

Sad, but do you think what I'm imagining is unlikely or more likely than not what will happen?

4:55 pm on Nov 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Do you guys think the pre eminence of .com might one day be challenged by .biz, I mention .biz cos its clearly the most direct challenger to .com

For trademarks this may not be so important, but if the public ever start knowing about the .biz option, surely that would increase the percentage off typins for .biz keyword/generic name domains

11:25 pm on Nov 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Do you guys think the pre eminence of .com might one day be challenged by .biz

From my (British) point of view .biz is an American only domain name, based purely upon the fact that there is no z in business. For that reason, and that alone, I'd never use it for anything...
8:01 am on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Do you guys think the pre eminence of .com might one day be challenged by .biz

No.

8:31 am on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Only thing I use the .info for is my adense filters. This tells me the MFA site only wanted to spend $1.99 ( or whatever the really low price is on these domains) on the domain name and their traffic is just arbitraging my traffic.
6:21 pm on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Only thing I use the .info for is my adense filters. This tells me the MFA site only wanted to spend $1.99 ( or whatever the really low price is on these domains) on the domain name and their traffic is just arbitraging my traffic.

An unfair generalisation.

Where I've used .info domains, it's been because .info is the most meaningful extension, rather than anything to do with price; in fact, I'd much rather have the .info than the .net or the .org. Plenty of others feel the same.

Discounting .info because of the discounted price is a short-term view, and completely ignores the intrinsic quality of the tld.

10:35 am on Nov 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Only thing I use the .info for is my adense filters. This tells me the MFA site only wanted to spend $1.99 ( or whatever the really low price is on these domains) on the domain name and their traffic is just arbitraging my traffic.

Thats a lot of sites you could be blocking

Looking at the number of pages in Google today

...
about 41,500,000 for site.au
about 50,600,000 for site:.cn
about 66,200,000 for site.fr
about 89,300,000 for site:.info

that only leaves

.ca .jp .de and .uk in the ccTLDs
Looks like Canada's next to be passed.... :)

11:15 am on Nov 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Looking at the number of pages in Google today
...
about 89,300,000 for site:.info

... is that with these many #*$!x.info pages belonging to those "5 billion pages spam" and similar operations included or excluded?
Quantity is not quality ...

Kind regards,
R.

12:12 pm on Nov 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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... is that with these many #*$!x.info pages belonging to those "5 billion pages spam" and similar operations included or excluded?

who knows? its a lot of pages to check.

The current data set seems to have quite a few less pages indexed than ones from ealier in the year.
Checking a couple of known spammy areas Google seems to dealt with the majority of the subdomain spam.


Quantity is not quality ...

Couldn't agree more, but its interesting and surprising how quickly .info is growing especially considering its only been around 1/3 of the time of the older gTLDs and ccTLDs

Like any tld there are good .info sites and .info bad sites and some which Google likes and some it doesn't
[google.com...] 1st from 348,000,000

 

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