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