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    SEO effects on .Org and .Net names?

    Hi all,

    I'm planning on starting a site and since it's impossible to find any good .com names, I decided to look into getting a site with .net or .org TLD. I found a great site name (.com taken, of course, by a squatter) that consists of two keywords joined together (without a hyphen). It's a great name but it's not a .com.

    So, how do search engines look at this name? Do they penalize it? Is it worth while developing a .net or .org site if you don't own a .com?

    Thanks for any advice!!

    Melissa

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    Serial Publisher silver trophy aspen's Avatar
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    TLD doesn't matter for search engines.

    The only issue is that it slightly hinders word of mouth because many people assume everything is a .com. You also get more typins with .com's.
    Chris Beasley - I publish content and ecommerce sites.
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    Thanks aspen!

    Well, I tried so many name combinations and I was unable to find anything even remotely interesting that ended with .com.

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    .com is not absolutely necessary. .net will do equally well from seo point of view. However, as aspen posted earlier, you might become victim of what they call typosquatting .


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