I'd like a little insight on buying a domain name. What extension do you recommend? .com? .org? .net? I went for the .com. I also bought the .org and .net of the same name.

What do you do when you buy a domain name?

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judebanks Premium
I always try to get .com first. If the domain name is not available on .com but available on .net or .org, then it might be worth considering if you really want that domain name.

All 3 work equally in search results but most people automatically type in .com when typing into search, and may end up on the wrong site.

.org used to be for nonprofits....but that is no longer the case, anyone can use it. For example, Jay (magistudios) uses it for his affiliate resources website.

~Jude
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SuzaMarie Premium
Thanks for the insight, Judy!
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MKearns Premium
.com is the proven favorite and people are willing to pay much more to get this domain!
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SuzaMarie Premium
Yes, I think .com is the most popular too.
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GlenPalo Premium
.org is for non-profits
.com is more popular than .net.
And I have used both .com and .net
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SuzaMarie Premium
Thanks Glen!
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MozMary Premium
some people buy all the extensions in case of competition and some people don't recommend it at all...it would be nice all the same to see what someone with an established authority website is doing with this...
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SuzaMarie Premium
I agree. I'd like to know if any one who is buying more than one extension for the same name.
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MozMary Premium
I've heard some people certainly do, I've seen a bunch of people comment on that before, but I'm not sure the big sites do or consider it important...I don't think Kyle thought it was important and when you see Jay buying sites in his training he doesn't go for all the extensions either
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SuzaMarie Premium
I'm curious about buying all the extension since I saw something happen with BestBuy several years ago. The name Bestbuy was available with an extension other than .com... I don't remember what was. Any way, a disgruntled customer bought it and documented his bad experience with them. It was interesting and amusing to read and see the pictures and video that was taken. Obviously, if I was one of the higher ups at BestBuy, I wouldn't have been so amused! :)

Now you know where my curiosity with extension comes from. :)

I really appreciate your thoughts on this. They have been very helpful. I'm others feel the same way.

Thanks!
SM
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MozMary Premium
interesting! follow your intuition, at least you'll feel comfortable

there is always the chance that someone will try that, just like people copy content too, some people take protective measures and some really don't - so in your case go for it

that is a great example of a big brand being unhappy, they really don't like anyone using their name, but smaller brands wouldn't like it either - for some people price would be an issue starting off and it might depend on how great your domain name is too...
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SuzaMarie Premium
Thanks Mary!
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DShensky Premium
.com is what everyone knows
,org if you're a NPO

you can use.net but people won't find you
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MozMary Premium
actually .net is one of the recommended ones in the training, so clearly people will find you...

it used to be that .org was non-profit, but not any more and it is now just an option if you can't get your .com
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DShensky Premium
depends on your product if people click on your link they go to your site--,com is the most well known and when they type it in the browser they're more likely to use .com not .net

it's really just your preference
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SuzaMarie Premium
Thanks Davida!
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SuzaMarie Premium
Thanks Mary!
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MozMary Premium
a lot of traffic will come from people who don't know the name of your site and find your posts and pages ranked on google, at that point it's about which sites google ranks highest and the training was saying .net will feature as well, so even though people prefer a .com it is not always available in which case it is ok to use .net
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SuzaMarie Premium
Thanks!
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