Why .com domain name extensions are better?

By Posted 2005 Updated   Tips

Are .com domain names better for SEO? Getting your own domain name on the internet is your identity in cyberspace. As you search about looking for domains and extensions, you encounter several domain extensions. A top-level domain (TLD) is the last part of which Internet domain names consist of. You can select from

  • Country code top-level domains (ccTLD): used by a country or a dependent territory. It is two letters long, for example .in for Indian domain names.
  • Generic top-level domain (gTLD): is three or more letters long. Most gTLDs are available for use worldwide. The most popular ones are the .com, .net and .org

So why is the .com so popular…

It is around for a long time and net surfers are more likely to type .com in front of your domain name, if they do not remember your extension. So you might end up with free traffic on your site just because of the domain extension .com.

If you have any other domain like .info you will have to emphasize to other that it is not .com but something else. With .com it is usually implied and taken for granted.

Several other tld like .info and .tv etc. are recent additions. .com was one of the first domains to be around and commanded a premium among domain names. So there was a mad rush to buy and park pricey and popular .com domain names and sell them at high prices.

Have you ever just typed ‘yahoo’ (and not yahoo.com) in the firefox address bar and pressed ‘GO’ without adding any domain extension. You guessed it right! you are automatically taken to yahoo.com. And this is valid for any domain name and not yahoo only. So is that not a great that just by choosing a domain extension .com you have great traffic at your doorstep. Just get a good keyword for your domain.

Domain Registrars offer .com at competitive prices with other domains at $7-9/yr and is in fact one of the cheaper ones. So if you have a choice get a .com domain extension as first choice!


2 comments on “Why .com domain name extensions are better?

  1. Anonymous says:

    The Firefox example is not entirely correct. It is true that after typing yahoo, you are taken to yahoo.com. However, if you type sourceforge, you are forwarded to sourceforge.net instead of sourceforge.com. Why? Because Firefox doesn’t just add a .com to your keyword but instead looks up your keyword with Google and sends you to the search result with the highest significance. Therefore, when relying on the keyword feature in Firefox, a good pagerank with Google is more effective than a .com domain…

  2. Vistawallpaper.com says:

    I think it’s fair to note that Google has higher PR weightage on .EDU and .ORG than .COM – may be a point of consideration when choosing a domain name.

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