What Domain Extension Should You Choose for Your Website?

Last Update: January 14, 2016

There is a lot of information floating around about which type of domains are the best and which ones will lead to the best rankings and the best penetration into the search engines.

Generally speaking, the ultimate domain choice is a .com TLD (Top Level Domain).

There are definitely some other options that are "close" seconds, and these include .org and .net domains and in some cases, .info domains can also rank.

Typically when I research and look for domains, I will always seek out a .com domain. There are plenty of them out there and you can use a search like the one here at WA through the SiteDomains platform to see whether or not a website is available.

One thing you need to make sure of if you are going to choose a .org or a .net domain, is that there are not some significant brand presences already swallowing up those domains.

For example, a domain like WealthyAffiliate.org would stand very little chance of rankings because of the established nature of WealthyAffiliate.com. So if you cannot get a .com and you are going to buy a .org, just do a research on the .com to make sure that it doesn't have some massively popular presence online. If it does, it will limit your website success.

What about Country Specific TLD's?

Country specific TLD's absolutely have a time and a place. If you have a local business, say in Canada, and you want to rank under a term like, "pizza in toronto", a domain like pizzatoronto.ca might get some very high rankings...but ONLY in Canada (and more so in the Toronto market).

Elsewhere and definitely within the pizza niche worldwide, this domain will likely have next to no presence.

So if you are looking to gain rankings in a specific global market and that is it, a country specific TLD would be completely fine.

What about the new gTLD'S?

These are also know also generic Top Level Domains, in the last year many of these have been popping up as ICANN has opened up many new domain extensions. These are not new, they have been around for quite some time, but their popularity has just started to take off.

You can see a full list of these top Level Domains here:

ICANN Delated gTLD List

The problem with a .weather or a .rocks domain is that they haven't been proven to rank at all, quite the contrary. They simply are not gaining traction in search engines at this point and there are no signs indicating that they are going to be any time soon.

If you have an application for these types of domains that doesn't include SEO, then you can go ahead an purchase one, outside of that though these types of domains will not be of much use of your business.

As an online entrepreneur, you are likely going to own many domains over the course of your career, I know personally, as I have a portfolio of 100's of domains (could call me a bit of a hoarder).

It is important that you know how to properly choose domain names and it all starts with choosing the right TLD. A .com is the most natural choice, followed by either a .org/.net domain.


To start your domain search (and buy your domains), you can leverage the incredibly seamless platform here at WA called SiteDomains.

===> Search & Buy Your Domains Using SiteDomains

Hope this offers some clarity and if you have any questions about domains, please do let me know.

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WealthyAthar Premium
It is Very interesting to know what things to keep in mind ahead before you really want to build your business online like naming your shop in the market to attract the People relating to your Product and Services or niche
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Apeng Premium
Rather than coming up with the name of our niche as the domain name, I have take the route of creating a brand. My experience in buying 2 domains already is that the domain name describing our niche is too rigid ... If the name points to product A then it does not make sense if we sell something else not related to product A. If it's a brand, all we need to do is simply to change our slogan and reverting pages to whatever niche we changed to. The brand can be our own name or somethin that inspires us ... Samples of major brand names Renee LACOSTE, ADI DASler, Hugo BOSS, they sell many stuff now not only shoes and apparel but cologne spray, bags ... Mitsubishi from ships to air conditioners to TVs to cars ... I should blog about this one ... Ha ha ha ... Hope the idea helps.
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MyraBeth Premium
It's getting harder to come up with a domain name that hasn't already been taken. Not impossible but a challenge. I guess late comers to claiming a domain name have to be more clever in picking a domain name.
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Kyle Premium
There are lots out there...choose something that is brandable a domain does not need to include a keyword.
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BigMook Premium
That's funny, I see it the other way. I'm always surprised at how many are still out there. Sure, the obvious ones are gone but there are still good ones for niches.

I'm always seeing new WA members post some great domain names they've chosen for the Bootcamp "make money online" niche. I can't believe there are still so many great domains for this niche.

My 2¢ :)

- Stephen
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MyraBeth Premium
I found a short and hopefully brandable domain name, which I purchased. My husband even came up with a slogan that fits my domain name and niche. So, there are good domain names still available. I did need to use a hyphen but that makes it easier to read.
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TDeYoung Premium
I am coming up with that too.
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SoncaTH Premium
Thanks so much.
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etraining Premium
excellent article so question what is a TLD im assuming its sum along the lines of .com vs .gouv . ca whats ICANN
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Dmorrow Premium
I don't exactly know what a TLD domain is, but best practices say you should have a .com if at all possible.
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CraigR Premium
I just had the exact same question. Thank you for the answer.
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.com is the best choice because people usually remember the main part of your site name but not the domain extension.
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Surfdude123 Premium
I found the website domain option on WA to be just what I needed. It was easy to comnect my WA starter domain when setting up my site with the new domain. Im not a tecky but can navigate fairly well. The .com option for my site was available and set up in minutes.
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sheiladane99 Premium
Kyle, can premium wordpress themes be used with WA websites?
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JAHBOBCLATO Premium
Kyle knows that answer best.
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WordEaterGrl Premium
I was just about to ask...found my answer right here. Thanks!
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tonycwilson Premium
Hello Kyle, I have bought a .co website. These are, I understand, a new extension which are becoming popular. Was that a good move?
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LRenee Premium
Personally, I think a .com domain would have been better. Other extensions which are a step down from .com might be .net, .org, .biz. If I'm not mistaken, .co is a Columbia extension. Like you'd have .us for the United States.
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Dkash64 Premium
From my understanding it has the potential to rank well within search engines assuming it provides quality content. It's available and short. I'm going to say yes that that was a good move.
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KOTechniques Premium
Hello Kyle, tell me about .biz sites any good ?
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pitin Premium
.biz are usually for "business." If you can find a counterpart of the domain name you want with a .com extension, that would be better. :)
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KOTechniques Premium
Hello, and thank you for your answer.
kevin
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, .biz sites don't rank all that well at all. .com is much more preferable.
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KOTechniques Premium
ok, thanks for your anawer.
kevin
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mvalverdec Premium
I think you're right, a .com shows your business is more serious. Although I got to say that just two months ago I chose a niche in Spanish to help people build their online business (quite original ... lol ) and I decided it to be MiSitio.Online and created a subdomain Iniciar....

It's pretty much like Start.MySite.Online but in Spanish... and in less than two months I got it ranked on the first page of Google, competing with Wix or WordPress! even if this site has 0 authority and just a couple of pages and three blog posts... I'm attaching the image of it.

I hope this brings me many customers (Spanish spoken) to WA affiliate account.

Regards,

Marco V.
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dafutter Premium
That's awesome I wish you success!
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Apeng Premium
Thanks Kyle ... I was just thinking about buying a .rocks coz it sounded cool, like the site rocks ... Then I got your update! Thanks for the save Kyle. So back to basics for now until further notice ... Stick to .com then .org/.net ... I had my reservations about all these ne gTLD's. Thanks Kyle. Apeng.
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Pisquali Premium
Thanks Kyle, a good heads up.
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Altonj Premium
Thanks Kyle, great info!!
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rconnor1967 Premium
Thanks Kyle!
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GaryHoulton Premium
Hi Kyle, what's your view on the .biz domain? I have a .biz domain that I'm about to use as one of my websites to promote WA. The .com was already taken and is not in use - I believe that the owners are hugedomains.com and they are trying to sell it for lots of $$$$! If someone was to buy the .com domain equivalent to my .biz, does the fact that I'm there first help me? Do .biz domains rank ok?
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gooddogpoky2 Premium
SundanceKid: I have found that when making most decisions regarding my website and my business that I MUST think through for more that a minute or hour or even a day before I push the button on just about anything. WHY? If you haven't mapped out the various consequences of your decision it can cost you time and money down the road.

As Kyle has taught, the problem with a .cool or a .smooth domain is that they haven't been proven to rank in the various search engines. That being said these gTDL domain names are not gaining traction in search engines and it is unlikely that they are going to in the future.

So if you have an application for these types of domains that doesn't require them running through a SEO ( like a landing page) then you should go ahead and purchase one. However, make sure in the planning for this move so that in one month or in six months you wish that you had purchased a domain name that could be run through a search engine. DAN
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CLandi Premium
I let one of my domain names with Go Daddy lapse. I was hoping that I could buy it from Name Cheap. Name Cheap told me that there is a 120 - 180 day waiting period before a domain name becomes available to the public. There is also a fee to be paid. N. C. charges $200. I called Go Daddy to renew my DN and was told that the fee was $80. It cost me a total of $97. I had to pay it because I have started a website using that DN. I saw that GD had the correct DNS, but that didn't show on WA. Can you have two of the same DNS for two different domain names? Or do you need to go from DNS 1& 2 to DNS 3&4?
My suggestion to anyone buying domain names is to stay away from Go Daddy because they are the most expensive. At least in .com and .net domain names.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, the DNS for any domain you host here at WA will always be the same.

ns1.mywahosting.com
ns2.mywahosting.com

These will always remain the same and will not differ. So yes, you can use these for two completely different domains.

My issue with GoDaddy has been they always hit you for large fees come the 2nd year, something that many other registrars followed suit with. That is why we have been completely transparent, one price, everything included, no upsells, and same price in subsequent years. No surprises!
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CLandi Premium
Thank you for clearing that up for me, Kyle, and thank you for the like.
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Kari75 Premium
Somewhere on here I read a girl's comment about not finding a domain name. Try a thesaurus for the word or words that is taken in the domain name, it helps me sometimes. That and Name mesh.com is helpful. Hope it helps. :)
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Kav Premium
Check the link you provided.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, something I have always done when looking for ideas not just for domains, but this works very well with keywords too. :)
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Kari75 Premium
I know what you mean about being a domain hoarder. I've been hanging onto one for at least a year. It's for my husband when he goes back to leading tours in Nepal. lol. :)
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Kari75 Premium
Ok let's see if I can get this right. I initially was just trying to give the name of the site okay here goes www.namemesh.com. Hope that's better. May not be a link but I was able to find it and it helped me. Good luck and well wishes everyone. :)
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, sometimes it is just too tough to let go. lol
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doggietime Premium
Thanks for the clarification!
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bogyolin Premium
This is great Kyle thank you I was just asking this question the other day. I suppose if I buy both the .com and the .events at the same time and redirect traffic to the .com site I would gain from both SEO/rankings of the .com domain and leverage the "freshness" of the .events, too?
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Kyle Premium
You could do that, but where is the traffic from the .events domain going to come from (that you are redirecting in the first place)?
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bogyolin Premium
I thought I would use that as my primary address on any form of offline marketing (e.g. leaflets, business card, etc.) as I am willing to set up an event planner company in the first place anyway.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah I'm that case it could definitely work.
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bogyolin Premium
thank you Kyle, your advice is much appreciated! :)
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Alex88 Premium
Thanks, this answered quite a few questions that I had about domain names. I was looking at domain names online a couple of days ago and noticed the .weather and .rocks type names for sale at around $45-$55, which is around three times the price of a .com name. As a newbie just starting off it's great to be able to close out some questions that I have about things, it lets me focus more on the next task in my lessons. Love the blogs!
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SundanceKid Premium
Would it be a good idea to use gTLD domain names as dedicated landing pages so that your not cluttering up/competing with your own dot com name?
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Kyle Premium
Dedicated landing pages for what? By compete with your own .com, I am not sure what you are referring to.

If you had for example, a pure squeeze page site, you could put it on it's own gTLD, but for SEO purposes you would want to build out your website (.com) in a way where all of your content is being put on the same website.
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oldokie Premium
Domain name vs Content. Might be a dumb question, but if you have a .org or .net and are competing with a .com that has sub-par content would you have a better chance getting ranked?
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Kyle Premium
The best content, the most authority, and the most engagement will always win. At the end of the day, Google isn't ranking domains...they are ranking the most relevant and best content. That is what their business is built off of.
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oldokie Premium
Thank you for your time sir. Have a wonderful afternoon.
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carllio Premium
Great info!
Thank you,Kyle!
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vistamark Premium
Will Google rank a hyphenated domain name ?
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Kyle Premium
Yes they will. If you have the choice between the hyphenated version and the non, I would always recommend the non though.
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vistamark Premium
I don't understand what you mean by "the voice between the "
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Kyle Premium
I don't blame you lol. I was on my phone and "choice" was auto corrected by voice. I have updated this.
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vistamark Premium
OK ...Thanks
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Shawn Martin Premium
Thanks Kyle, nice post :)
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AK007 Premium
Great info Kyle and many thanks for sharing.
Alexander
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TGrisaft Premium
Very good information and Thanks for sharing
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Stormtech Premium
Great information Kyle, Thank you for that! Helps a lot.
Shawn
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birdsflyhigh Premium
Hi Kyle, thanks for dropping by, I appreciate the info. Although I'm familiar with the .com is one of the best to put on your domain. I didn't know about the TLD. I welcome all nuggets of knowledge/ wisdom keys.
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Kyle Premium
Now you know. That is often times what you will hear domain extensions referred to as.
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Dmorrow Premium
Wisdom from the master! Thanks Kyle.
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DaveHuntsman Premium
Great Info
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EFors Premium
Thanks for the information. :))
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Heidij1888 Premium
Thanks for some great information Kyle :-)
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peter65 Premium
Nice of you to get us informed, it is important, thanks, God bless you.
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Sheila50 Premium
Thank you Kyle!
Great information
Sheila
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cdupre Premium
Would you recommend buying the .org/.net along with the .com?
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Kari75 Premium
I was curious about that myself. :)
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Kyle Premium
In most cases, I don't recommend it no. If you are trying to lock up a brand in a long term way, sometimes it will make sense as then others will not be able to buy these from you.
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gladys1957 Premium
I understand the need for domain names it is just a matter of financial timing. Thanks for all you do to help us, Kyle
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Kyle Premium
Absolutely, don't stretch yourself to get a domain. You can always use the Move feature down the road to easily transfer any .siterubix.com domains over to your own.
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Tuze Premium
Perfect timing Kyle. Thanks!
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MelTeeDee Premium
Thank you Kyle this is very helpful for I plan to market internationally.
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CodyDavid Premium
Thanks for the info Kyle. The country specific domain information was very useful for me. As I will be advertising to the Japanese market.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, then you probably will want a Japanese TLD.

Don't confuse this with Japanese speaking people, which are worldwide. If you are targeting a specific language, you don't want a geographic based TLD. You will want a .com in that situation as well.
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Hsoen Premium
Thanks for the info (:
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BillDugger Premium
Thanks Kyle very interesting points I'll keep that in mind.

Bill
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amakom01 Premium
This is a confirmation to my curiosity. .com seem the best
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Maestrob Premium
Just what I needed to know when I needed to know it. Thanks!
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AriefWibowo Premium
Thank you so much, Kyle. Will hunt for good names in .com
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dickw Premium
Thanks Kyle. You confirmed what I have heard and thought. The added details will be helpful.
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AngelBcn Premium
Intuitively people tend to go for .com website I think when they are navigating the web.
At least I know I do or did before knowing anything about domains.
I know that (even though I might be totally wrong) I will trust a .com website more above an .org or .net even now, with the knowledge I have from WA.
I know now that domain extension don't really reflect the quality of the content but if I have to choose a domain name I will always try to go for .com
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, natural type in traffic will almost always search for the .com domain name. I tend to trust .com's or .org's the highest, with .net's coming after that, but at the end of the day it is the content that will always be the biggest contributor of trust.
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hutch78uk Premium
Great article Kyle. Definitely some good advice here.
One question... If you own a .org/.net domain (e.g. yoursite.org) that ranks well, and the .com equivalent (yoursite.com) has not yet been taken but is then bought up a few months later. Would this new .com domain affect the ranking of your .org domain?
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Kyle Premium
No, the purchase of a domain will not impact you....if they built out that website it might be able to capture some of the "brand keyword" traffic for that domain name, but ultimately your website will work independently of the other site and Google and other search engines will treat it like its own entity.
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kiliwia62 Premium
Kyle certainly summed it up perfectly.
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favoured Premium
I will do the best I can to have a .com domain name
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John1901 Premium
Have only ever had .com for this reason.
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SupportWeb Premium
Thanks Kyle. I had an info extension prior to joining WA, so experimenting with it but will go .com for the future.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, you will have much more favourability in the search engines with a .com domain.
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RonAlderman Premium
Thanks Kyle for explaining this. I did know that .com was the preferred choice but was not aware of some of the other details you provided.
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Kyle Premium
Glad I could offer some clarity. :)
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tensjoshwa Premium
Thanks Kyle but I have a .com at http://worldcareforbabies.com/ and i do not see any ranking, whats wrong
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DLansing Premium
Your website must be very new right? New website needs time to be indexed by search engine. The choice of keywords and quality of content also matters.

You want faster ranking and bigger traffics? Promote aggressively through social media, get a lot of people to share your post/page in FB, retweets in Twitter, make posts that is controversial and make it viral at social media.

Not your cup of tea? Well, let your rankings and traffic comes organically then, but it will take time. Patience is very much needed in this type of business.
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Kav Premium
I posted one of your articles on clevenard.co.uk, have a look
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tensjoshwa Premium
Thanks for the advise. surely i have not done enough on sharing my website over socila medias
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tensjoshwa Premium
The site is in Portuguese language yet i understand English better. on the other hand on opening link http://clevenard.co.uk/ i just see the interface that requires me to login or register

please what do I need to do?
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Kav Premium
If you have chrome as a browser, it will translate to english or post to clevenard.net
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Kyle Premium
Rankings are determined by your CONTENT quality, your engagement you get within your content, and the authority of your website (which happens over time). A .com does NOT mean you will get rankings automatically, it means that you have, well, a domain.

What you do with your website and how you build it out will determine your rankings.
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That's great! Really gained some a clearer picture. Thank you
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Is there any possibility of joining the group without paying the admission fee.
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Kyle Premium
You are part of the membership here at WA, you are a Starter member. So yes, you are here and you are completely free. You are in no way obligated to upgrade and by lesson 4 of the training you are going to have your very own niche website up and running online.
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hankbonk2 Premium
Thanks very much for this complete post on domain names !
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yes i have gained some knowledge.
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Kpewhairangi Premium
Great to have this sorted, thanks Kyle.
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KatieMac Premium
That is a good break down and it clears up any questions on this
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Kyle
Your post has cleared up some misconceptions I have had, much appreciated.
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i don't know what gTLD's mean
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Jozeph Premium
hey Yusman,
it means " generic Top Level Domain" :)
Joseph
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Jozeph Premium
Thanks Kyle
You've shedded light in other areas I've been wondering about, and got me thinking. I know, scary eh?
Thanks again
J.
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Kyle Premium
Uh oh...lol.

Glad I could offer some new insights, new knowledge equates to new found ideas for your business. :)
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Battersea Premium
Very useful information for us entrepreneurs. Thanks a lot.
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russelcrown Premium
Thank you Kyle! ^^
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hope57 Premium
Hi Kyle,

Thanks so much but I have purchased a domain name with namecheap. My domain is needaraiseinpay.com Please let me know what you think.

My main concern is content. I haven't been able to write the content for the three pages that you wanted us to write. If I can't do content I'm finished. I don't think I can do this. I have pages and pages that I have written and there awful!

My theme was going to be about people who had a career but lost it for one reason or another.

I am very concerned

Thanks
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Robg1 Premium
Think about what you want to write - i.e potential page titles. Then put those titles into the WA keyword tool or Jaxxy and research the keywords. Low competition is paramount. Just keep writing. The more you write the more you will get better :-)
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Pio Premium
Hope,
You don't need to worry about how good your content is gonna look. As Kyle teaches, you just think about your own ideas and write about it. Don't try to make it perfect, just write it naturally. I assume you chose that domain because you know more about it,,,so just write down what you know and talk about it. WA is also full of ideas so use some of them to talk about. English is my second language, but I'm happy with what I'm writing on Word before I will transfer it on my website. I know yours should be much better!
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DLansing Premium
I think you worry too much. Just write something. I see lots of ideas from the name of your website already. Check this out:

I need a pay raise, you need a pay raise, everyone needs a pay raise, but in reality it is not possible. Somebody will get a pay raise, but most people probably wouldn't. Otherwise, your employer or boss can go bankrupt due to high overhead cost!

So what am I to do... what are you to do... well, get off from your couch and do something! What should you do? How about building an online business and get your own pay raise? ;-)

Here are the things that can you can do start make money online now!
1) .....
2) .....
3) .....

Do you get where I'm going with this Patricia?
I hope you get some ideas now to write your next post :-)
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SheliaHeard Premium
Just let your content come from a real place, and build your confidence on that because it's real. It will bring value. If it mean something to you, it will mean something to your audience. When you experience the worth, they will see the potential to help them (VALUE). You got this!
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Kyle Premium
Content is going to stem from your keyword research. Who is looking for a raise in pay?

Well...pretty much everyone. So your domain has set you up for a pretty broad scope of people you can target with your website which is a good thing and I think it is brandable.

So the question is, what are you going to help people do? Get a raise in pay. How? Through building their business online.

You can offer lots of coverage on topics such as:

-creating your own business
-hating your current job
-finding a new job
-online jobs
-how to make more money
-the endless amount of products/services in this niche

These are the starting points of your keyword research and don't feel as though you need to create the perfect content/menu when starting out, your site will evolve.

Your domain is great, and I hope this has offered piece of mind and some clarity.
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myonlinebiz8 Premium
Hi hope57, I found Labman's training on how to write an article extremely helpful, so I have it here for you to take a look: It made it really easy for me to find a topic, research it, and start writing about it. (Thanks Labman https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/labman!!) Hope this helps! -Leslie
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paulgoodwin Premium
Great info thanks for this
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causeneffect Premium
Follow-up question: If you intend to write blog posts in multiple languages, let's say English and German.. do you recommend to just have the .com domain and a toggle that switches your language (and potentially the affiliate links to the local webshop), or do you recommend to split the sites and maintain one .com domain and one .de domain with the localized content?
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ebiznewbie Premium
I have the same question!!
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Kyle Premium
I never recommend having one website in many different languages, ideally you would want to build out different versions of the website.

I would suggest you create your website focusing on just ONE language. When you try to translate your content (translators do a horrible job of this as they are far too literal), you take away from the overall site quality.

When you create an "additional" website, you create double the work for yourself without knowing if the campaign is going to be successful or not.

Both of these will lead to much more work and a lot less focus. Focus on one language or the other when starting out Steffen, once you are successful with one you could diversify down the road and build out a second website and create a translated version of your website for an additional revenue stream.
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causeneffect Premium
Many thanks for this suggestion, Kyle! I will try to focus on an english speaking site first, as this is obviously the bigger market.
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Awesome!
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mama2karsten Premium
Thank You… very useful information. :)
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AllWays Premium
Thank you Kyle. Very helpful information for us rusty old newbies.
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Kyle Premium
Haha, I have to knock a bit of rust off from time to time as well.
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latifii Premium
Thank you kyle!
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causeneffect Premium
Wow, I just asked myself this question yesterday, but wasn't posting it here. Now it is answered, and with great examples! Kyle, you can add telepathic support to your profile :D
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Kyle Premium
Wouldn't that be amazing...lol. I am going to try to guess your next question with my next blog post!
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DJ-Yogi Premium
"portfolio of 100's of domains" - Wow! Do you sold some of them for some extra money or just hoarding for some future projects?
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Kyle Premium
I have never been in the business of domain reselling, not at this point anyways. I have some good ones and I have had offers over the years, but I will just stay as a "hoarder" for the time being.
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DJ-Yogi Premium
I offer you 1000k ;-)
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Icemocha Premium
Great tip about the .org or .net if .com has a strong presence. I've wondered about it. Thanks
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beawise Premium
Kyle I've bought two .com domains already, one at Sitedomains. It was easy to use and saved so much time to not have to login to another web site, and wait for days for the domain to be ready. Thank you for the platform and the article.
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Kyle Premium
Awesome, so glad you enjoyed the experience at SiteDomains. That is why we built it, to save time and to offer a more seamless, useful, upsell free, and secure experience than the other registrars out there.
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Pio Premium
I've registered a new domain on WA's SiteDomain and it's called allsolutionsite.com (also registered the .org and the .net versions of this domain name). My intention is to promote whatever product in any niche which include Wealthy Affiliate and some of those products in any category in Clickbank. I would appreciate any feedback or advice re my choice of domain name. Thanks
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Kyle Premium
You might want to start off with something that is a bit more targeted than this, a catch all for every niche would require 1,000's of writers to do a good job.

You might want to start with "solutions" to specific types of problems, you could always evolve within this respective niche.
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Pio Premium
Thanks very much Kyle for your valuable feedback and advice. Now I'm thinking on focusing on promoting Wealthy Affiliate by offering solutions to those who seek to make money online/or to set up an online business, etc. to start off with...then gradually evolve at a right time down the line. Great job! cheers
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Martstervt Premium
Thanks Kyle, I realise the importance of securing a domain even if you are not ready to use it. They can have value to someone else or your self at some point.

Marty
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, they are truly no different than real estate. They grow in value as you build on them, you can buy and own them, you can resell them at a profit, etc.
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Martstervt Premium
More ways to make a profit. I found a good key word the other day and I know I have it........somewhere. lol.
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blanza Premium
Kyle It is great you can buy your domain names in WA Last month I bought 5 domains with namecheap and namecheap did not direct the to my site but to someone else's. A mentor of mind try to help me fix the probem and namecheap gave us trouble. Right now the domains are useless.
I was thinking when you said the final piece of your puzzle is finish. I said to myself no you don't have a auto responder yet. Do you plan on working on one? Brian
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Kyle Premium
An autoresponder has crossed our minds, our approach to anything though is that if we cannot do something better than is already being done out there, then we won't do it.

I feel that the autoresponder industry is broken in the way it works, there can be some significant improvements brought to it and we have a very sophisticated understanding of email (and a team that does), but one foot in front of the other here. Definitely won't be a 2016 thing as our books are full, but perhaps late 2017 could be a slated release for something like this. Maybe?
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myrealityck Premium
Thanks Kyle! Again, your timing is perfect. I'm getting ready to purchase a domain. My issue is more about the domain name..I struggle with that. :)
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Kyle Premium
When you choose a domain, you are going to want to choose something that is "brandable" versus something that has keywords within it. The reason this is the case is because as you build out your website, you can target as many keywords as you like within the content (that is how you will rank).

I have created a discussion here outlining the process and what to look for when choosing a domain name: This should help you out here and if you ever want to run any domains by me, simply let me know and I will give you some feedback.

PS. You can host up to 25 of your own domains here within the Premium membership on our state of the art hosting platform. :)
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OldMCSEGuy Premium
I haven't purchased a siteDomains item yet. But I will.
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Kyle Premium
I think you are really going to like the experience Jay. :)
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OldMCSEGuy Premium
Jay is in the hospital. I am Katherine.
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IMc Premium
But bear in mind that Google says it treats all TLDs in the same manner now.

See: https://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2015/07/googles-handling-of-new-top-level.html

The reason to choose a .com ( or .org or net ) is now more due to users trusting a .com way more than a .space, .ninja, .io etc or other extension.
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pamdemonium Premium
.ninja sounds cool. Hehe :P (just had to say it!)
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Kyle Premium
There is a lot of stuff the Google's talking heads "tell" people, and then there is what they are actually doing. For years Matt Cutt's has been herding the gaming crowd, telling them one thing, whereas the team behind the algorithms is doing something else.

From a sensical standpoint, it makes sense to give a higher rankings to a domain with the .com. The reason is that the BRAND owner for a given website, will almost always own the .com or seek out to buy the .com. This means, they can be trusted at a higher level.

What would you trust more as a visitor?

wealthyaffiliate.com
wealthyaffiliate.info

The latter loses credibility right away because of its domain extension.
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MoritzS Premium
Great information.

A short question:
I just bought a .net domain, because the .com was already taken.
I did check the .com and there is not even a site built yet.
So I won't have a problem there for now.

My question now is this:
If they decide to build their site one day, would they still have an advantage over my site, even if my site is already established at that time?
Or is it just important who got there first?

Cheers.
Moritz
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Kyle Premium
Mark to market typically prevails, you definitely have the jump start and you will likely becoming the authority of that brand moving forward.

The .com also becomes significantly devalue if you do create an authority under this domain. :)
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MoritzS Premium
Perfect.
Thanks for your quick answer. :)
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Funkydunc208 Premium
Thank you, Kyle, this is very helpful. I new domain I am interested in has a .com already taken but .org is available. So the tip on doing research is much appreciated.
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Kyle Premium
Yeah, that is a common mistake people can make. By all means you an get the .org if you are set on that particular brand, just do avoid this if there is a very established and authoritative website on the .com extension already.
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Jim-Bo Premium
My domain... affiliatemarketipgtipstoday.com - Have I chosen a silly name? Am I setting myself up with a much more difficult job by choosing that domain name?

Incidentally - Site value...I clicked on to "worth of web" to see the "value" of my site...According to them, it is already worth $1,398 (yippee) not bad for a 5 month old website I thought...but...

I went to another similar website and that other website says about 91 dollars...Pwaaah!

Any insights greaty appreciated...

see attached piccy!!!

hehe it went up to 1403 since yesterday...
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Kyle Premium
SiteValue sites are useless, so don't waste a minute on those. They are not solid indicators of anything. So for your sake, don't waste another visit to sites like those lol.

As for your domain, it is completely fine James. It is brandable, it is a .com, you are good to go.
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TonyHamilton Premium
Great information Kyle,

Thank You for sharing and also for launching the new website purchasing platform here on WA.

Tony
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Kyle Premium
Gladly Tony, I just see too many folks either wasting their money on crazy gTLD's or settling for domains that are not .com's just because they are unaware of the repercussions of doing so (less authority in Google).
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denisef112 Premium
.com or .org are the most popular extensions.
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Kyle Premium
They most definitely are and that is for a reason. They are tied to the most prolific brands online (it is a way of declaring you as the brand owner) and they obviously rank the best in search.

Two huge benefits.
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Hi it Lydia i will go with .com
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