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.com VS .org

Discussion in 'Domain Names' started by devin, Feb 3, 2006.

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    what is the difference between the two? i've seen here people favor the .com more, any particular reason? there's this keyword i'm targeting, it's taken in .com but available in .org. short, memorable and to the point keyword.
     
    devin, Feb 3, 2006 IP
  2. bentong

    bentong Banned

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    #2
    if that keyword is somewhat related to organization then go ahead..
     
    bentong, Feb 3, 2006 IP
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    Blogmaster Blood Type Dating Affiliate Manager

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    #3
    I'd be curious to find out as to what percentage of traffic intended for www.archive.org falls onto the .com
     
    Blogmaster, Feb 3, 2006 IP
  4. devin

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    if i was a company, no doubt i'd have used .com since i wouldnt want people to confuse company.com as company.org. but for an info site? is there a difference? and the domain registrar is offering discounted prices for .org.

    i'm getting suspicious, really.
     
    devin, Feb 3, 2006 IP
  5. Design Agent

    Design Agent Peon

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    #5
    rankings wise there is no difference, the perception by your target market is what will matter.
     
    Design Agent, Feb 3, 2006 IP
  6. Jim4767

    Jim4767 Prominent Member

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    It's not a hard and fast rule, but .org generally carries a connotation of nonprofit.
     
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    Blitz Well-Known Member

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    #7
    Well, .ORG is meant for non-profit organisations. That's why it's used by websites like DMOZ, archive.org and others.
     
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  8. Design Agent

    Design Agent Peon

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    traditionally perhaps, but as there were never any restrictions + alot of non profits used .com it has blurred the boundry between the 2.
     
    Design Agent, Feb 3, 2006 IP
  9. devin

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    #9
    so does an informative site counts as non-profit? :)
     
    devin, Feb 3, 2006 IP
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    mjewel Prominent Member

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    #10
    Non-profit means is has a legal status of such, so no, an informational site alone wouldn't be a non-profit. Any site that runs advertising, takes donations (for bandwidth, etc) or generates ANY type of revenue is considered commerical - even if you aren't selling any type of product or service. A commerical site could also be a non-profit site.

    There is nothing that legally prevents anyone from using a .org- if that is what you are asking.
     
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    Design Agent Peon

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    Its non profit if you spend all your money paying employees I believe.
     
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  12. devin

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    so it's more of an ethical issue? aww...i really like the keyword. so common yet available. :)
     
    devin, Feb 3, 2006 IP
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    I'd say go for it. I once thought it was for non profits, but anyone can get them. It makes your site seem more legit that way.
     
    bschneider5, Feb 5, 2006 IP
  14. devin

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    i took a .org and a .info. i am thinking of making the .info the primary one and do a redirect script for the .org. :)

    strange why i don't see many .info domains on SEs.
     
    devin, Feb 5, 2006 IP
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    #15
    From wiki -- "originally intended for use by organizations that did not meet the requirements for other gTLDs." Same with .net, it was originally intended for ISPs and the like.

    Always go for the .com or else you are just giving free traffic to the site that is the .com. These poker sites can advertise the .net on TV in the US because of DoJ rules, but a big percentage of people who see the commercial just go to the .com anyways.
     
    Cutter, Feb 6, 2006 IP
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    Deano Sail away with me.

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    #16
    So why not use the .org then?
     
    Deano, Feb 6, 2006 IP
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    The major drawback of using .org is that users tend to mistype the address as .com
     
    EdwinF, Feb 6, 2006 IP