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    phpLD Fanatic bronze trophy dvduval's Avatar
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    Beating a .com with a .net or .org

    I am dealing with a website that has posted libelous statements about my clients, and own clientsname.com. I wanted to see what you thought about the chances of getting clientsname.net, clientsname.org, etc. and promoting them, so as to bury the .com which is not very well optiomized (virtually zero external links). Will it be easy?

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    No chance of coming to some kind of resolution with the offending party dv? Not sure about the legalities of your situation, but .com doesn't get any special treatment over other TLDs.

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    Do they trade under the name of "clientsname"? Are they in the same business? Do they have any REAL association with the domain name?

    Your first port of call, as mentioned above, is to try and resolve the matter amicably with them. If that fails, read this and suggest that they either start a dispute (assuming the answer to the above questions is no), or instruct a lawyer to start one on their behalf.

    As to the other TLDs - if the client has someone targeting them in this way I would consider it prudent and reasonably inexpensive to grab them. You should be able to outperform the bogus company if, as you say, they have no inbound links, depending on the nature of your clients business and their name obviously.

    I am curious as to why they don't own at least one already?

    I am no US law expert, let alone Georgia specific, but would guess that there are libel and "passing off" laws there (as in the UK) that these people may be falling foul of.
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    Just considering the SEO issue at hand you should be able to outrank this guy easily. You might even have some good success with free blogs and outrank this guy as you will need at least the top SERP for your sites in order to push this guy out of the top SERP.
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    Good info everyone. Thank you.
    The person who currently owns it has definitely shown they want to purposely harm my party. They have a criminal record, and a history of negative behavior toward my client.

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    Then there you go. Do what you have to do to shut them down.

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    Good news. They seem to be down at the host level today, but not so sure this will stick.

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    David, you have to say it like Professor Farnsworth in "Futurama".

    "Good news, everyone!"

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    Maybe have the clients lawyer contact the host

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    Good stuff guys. I've seen .info beat out .com a couple of times...

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    Between .com, .org, and .net there is no difference or preference given by any particular search engine. I have a .org and I range for a pile of terms out of both the US and Canada. Its all about how many links you build, and the quality of them
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    IMHO -the TLDs don't make any difference on SERPs. .com does not get special preference over .info .
    It all depends on SEO factors like contents, inbound links etc. to come out on top.

    So go for it and best of luck.

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    One of my friends recently opened a spa and renamed their website accordingly, but then discovered that the .com version of his .org website was a triple-x rated site, and they are currently trying to buy out the .com site due to customers complaining about it. Apparently, some of them automatically type in name-of-company.com rather than the correct .org and are spammed with all of the tripleX stuff. It is a nightmare.

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    Ow. That's going to be expensive. But the cost will be SO worth it if they can pull it off (serving the public interest by getting that nonsense off the Web).


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