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.com versus other "weird" tlds

...any difference in rankings?

     
6:33 pm on May 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Has anyone had any experience of using non-standard tld's? For example, remotewidget.tv instead of remotewidget.com? I'm thinking of using one for a new site, as it has a catchy ring to it, but wondering if doing so might harm potential SERPs.

I.e. all things being equal, would a .com rank higher than a .tv?

4:13 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think .com is best, but it is just a hunch.

What about .info? They are getting popular as well.

Anyone have any answers on this?

4:25 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I.e. all things being equal, would a .com rank higher than a .tv?

It should not -- geographical TLDs like .uk can play their role however.

5:39 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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.Com is the daddy

Country Code TLDs (CCtlds) are also good, especially among patriotic visitors. They can also help for your "local search".

Domains like .tv and .ws send me personally a message of spam. I'd stay away.

.co.uk, .ca., .com.au are popular CCTlds.

If no .com, go for .net

5:56 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Domains like .tv and .ws send me personally a message of spam. I'd stay away.

Do you look at the TLD of the top result in SERPs before deciding to click on it and find out exactly what it is split second later? Even if you do, majority people don't, so its just a question of whether .tv's get some intrinsic penalty in SERPs, which is possible, but there is so much span in .com's that I can't see point penalising whole of .tv's

5:59 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I prefer
.com
.Ws
.Pro
stay away from .net as you'll just be building traffic for the .com

.Info for informational sites

.Biz seems to be over run by korean spammers

rest of the ccTLDS (.co.uk , .It , .De etc..
are perfect for targeting localCountry specific traffic.

.Tv ..not unless you are in that medium ..

you can use any extesion you like just make sure your content fits the extension. As was pointed out the only extensions treated differently by the SE's are the big ccTLDS (treated usually as a local extension..as they should be )

.Travel .Mobi have been approved but you'll need credentials

.EU should be set to go by years end

6:05 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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We have a small .info site and it is highly ranked - #1 for it's main term.
6:16 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Non .coms are fine as far as the search engines are concerned. The only issues are memorability and credibility.
6:57 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The only issues are memorability and credibility.

I find that the only thing worth to remember about someone's URLs are the keywords (even misspelt) used to find that site in my favourite search engine: can't be bothered with bookmarks even (unless I check site very often).

Its another matter if you advertise your site in press or on TV, where having .com or .localTLD is essential.

8:37 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Extension shouldn't matter unless they are area specific, but as far as .tv , .biz .etc goes, they should be treated equally by Google. I think the issue is that not many folks will invest a year or two building up a .name or a .info so this creates the impression they are not treated equally.
11:54 pm on May 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think the issue is that not many folks will invest a year or two building up a .name or a .info so this creates the impression they are not treated equally.

The dominance of .coms in the SERPs is wholly explained by the fact that they tend to be people's first choice and that there are therefore more of them registered; there's no reason to think that other tlds are penalised.

6:50 am on May 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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.Tv ..not unless you are in that medium ..

.tv does not stand for television.

 

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