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.net or .info domain name

which is best?

   
9:55 am on Jan 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

Im working on a new site currently and we are debating if it should be a .info or .net domain

The site is educational related so we think a .info fits as its information. We cant get the .com or .co.uk version of the domain because its a popular two word but in effect they are not used other than for parking.

For some reason we dont see many .info domains ranking in the search engines? Now thats either because not many webmasters use them or the search engines prefer other domains over them.

Anyone any thoughts or experience of this

Cheers

Rich

11:00 am on Jan 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I think one of the most important things in the future will be semantic meaning or "goodness of fit" between the tld and the use of the site.

I think there are now at least 450,000,000 info pages and Google now indexes over half the number of .co.uk pages

.info 326,000,000
.co.uk 616,000,000

For Governmental & Civic sites .info is often quite a popular choice. transportdirect.info is interesting, they have the .co.uk and the .com but brand / promote on the .info for example.

In terms of domaining .nets are more liquid and .nets usually reach higher prices in the secondary markets

In terms of ranking the Engines are I believe agnostic.
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11:26 am on Jan 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hey guys,

I get these results (from .au server):

inurl:".info" ~ 370,000,000
inurl:".co.uk" ~ 380,000,000
inurl:".net" ~ 1,390,000,000

I think it's all good, Googlebot is agnostic and particularly if any of the keyphrases for this site can logically include the word 'information' then it just may be a loss not to use the .info TLD.

Regards,
robsoles.

1:00 pm on Jan 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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For education I'd go with .info or a .org.

SEO guys might say "go with anything with the right keywords, just get it built and start building links". :)

4:09 pm on Feb 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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i personally love .info for educational sites, but i can't tell you the number of times i have had to explain to people ".info is like .com only it is .info..."

if only Godaddy would do a 30 second super bowl commercial explaining domains....

7:44 pm on Feb 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Yes, I would go for a .org for an educational site, assuming the .org is available.

I think that .info sites are popularly perceived by the public as spam sites. "Some sketchy, general information, and a generous helping of ads."

Frankly, if type-ins are not of interest, .org is rapidly gaining as the most credible TLD. I've read something recently that consumers trust .orgs more than .coms.

They are easy to snag, and they aren't snapped-up immediately when released.

(Ah, that's where I saw that - an article claiming that essentially EVERY .com and .net is immediately registered when they are left to expire. No doubt by tasters, wanting to see if previously-registered domains have any traffic. That doesn't happen with .orgs, at least not presently, and hopefully not in the future, as I hope tasting will be banned.)

8:02 pm on Feb 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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That doesn't happen with .orgs, at least not presently, and hopefully not in the future

It has been limited to a certain extent in .org since November 2006 when ICANN agreed to allow the Public Interest Registry to charge a fee for Excess Domain Deletions for .org

2:40 pm on Feb 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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.net all day long.

Familiarity is all important.

6:54 pm on Feb 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I concur with fom2001uk... given those 2 choices.