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Can anyone give me any advice on the drawbacks of using .org -
what problems have you encountered in the search engines?
are they viewed so differently?
We all know that .com .org and .net were setup to accomodate Commercial Organisations, ISPs & Networks, and Non-Profit Organisations respectively, and this used to be enforced when buying domain names.
But these days, the rules are so relaxed that I really don't think anyone, let alone SEDs, take any notice of the suffix.
So I would say that if you can get .orgs in your preferred domain then go ahead and make good use of them. I can see no reason why they should be treated any different.
As always of course, I am open to further opinions and/or corrections.
So the advantages of getting a domain with your exact keyword must be weighed against the advantages of having a domain with a suffix your users feel comfortable with.
In other words: weigh SEO matters against user friendliness.
Why would some users be put off with the .org ? I can't see the reason for this - is it an issue of prestige, i.e. .org is seen as a compromise, whereas .com might signify a bigger, more established business?
From my research I can see that .org is least favoured by name buyers of the three major extensions: .com (obviously) and .net ? Is there really a stigma with .org? There seems to be plenty left on the shelf.
Do the search engines discriminate at all?
>is it an issue of prestige, i.e. .org is seen as a compromise, whereas .com might signify a bigger, more established business?
Exactly, only that a .org is not a compromise. It just fits special sites, other than .com.
>Do the search engines discriminate at all?
For what I know: No. The only exception might be .edu. Some members believe .edu getīs a boost in Google.
-- you might lose some visitors to the .com... sometimes people focus on the name and take the .com part for granted.
-- if the .com is trademarked, that could be the reason why the .org is untouched.
-- you never know when a thread like the one below will re-surface...
This is a done deal; approved by the U.S. government and ICANN, from what I understand.
I'd strongly advise against buying .org for spamming purposes. While I suspect that old ".org" owners will be grandfathered in by this new nonprofit, I also suspect that they will take a dim view of any obvious attempt to subvert the domain, beyond what InterNic/VeriSign has already allowed to occur.
Besides, it's immoral to use .org for spamming. You set yourself up for immoral counterattacks, such as DDoS or hacking.