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What's more memorable?

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9:20 pm on Nov 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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What's more memorable?

bluewidgetsky.com

or widget101.com

I've looked at the SERPS and it appears .com is the ONLY way to go interms of results.

So I wonder, should I get an available 3 word domain, or just go after my target domain name and add a number at the end?

10:26 pm on Nov 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I think adding a number at the end is a horrible idea, unless the number has some special meaning to your audience.

(An example of a case where a specific number might have meaning: a site that teaches about something, or that appeals to students. "Widgets 101" or "Widgets 900" would have instant meaning to your audience.)

Otherwise, not only is it hard to remember, but it emphasizes that your site is just one of many unmemorable sites that offers similar information, products, or services.

Your URL is the first thing many people see of your site. Don't start out sending the wrong message.

10:42 pm on Nov 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I've looked at the SERPS and it appears .com is the ONLY way to go interms of results.

Most Engines are gTLD agnostic.

There are more .com's in the SERPS because there are more .com sites not because .com's rank better.

10:51 pm on Nov 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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True.

I have a .org that ranks better with G than the .com does.

The main bonus with a .com is that when people think of a web address their first instinct is to type in (company).com

1:50 am on Nov 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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So I wonder, should I get an available 3 word domain, or just go after my target domain name and add a number at the end?

There's an axiom that may also apply to this situation/question:

"A .net domain will draw traffic to the .com domain."

(registering the available example.net will result in traffic going to example.com -- due to a host of user reasons.

And while this may, or may not, be "True" ...
(as draggar pointed out, he has a .org that ranks better than the .com ... he also said one's first instinct is to type in the .com)
... I think that example101.com only jumps the question of "Gee... I wonder what the real example.com has?"

Long 'round way of suggesting that a domain that includes your key word (widget), with one or two other descriptive (key) words in the .com domain name may be the better way to go.

9:05 pm on Nov 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Don't get me wrong, I'd kill for a few of the .coms that I have the .org and .info for, it would be a huge boost in traffic for those sites even just in type-in (generic.com) traffic.

If your content is good and accorate, you have the right keywords in the right place, the TLD is irrelevant to search engines.

It's sickening to see the .coms parked and people asking 5-6 figures for them. Heck, I've seen .com's go over $500-$1000 in drop-auctions (pennies compared to some, I know) while the exact domain, but a .net, .org, and .info, get ignored (and I've scarfed up a few at a registration fee).

9:21 pm on Nov 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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If your interested in using a number try 1800widget.com. It's pretty simple to remember.
9:06 am on Dec 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Yes, I pretty much canned the idea of using a number. A 3 word URL with at least 2 juicy keywords and maybe some alliterative memorable phrasing is best.