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    .org vs .net extension

    Is .org for associations/nonprofit or can it be used for business purposes. What about an informational site?

    Is .net better or doesn't it really matter?

    This is an informational site. Though there may be Adsense/paid advertising.

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    Anyone can register a domain with the .org extension. You often see it used by nonprofits, but there's no actual restriction.

    You can build a successful site on any extension. I have a profitable ecommerce site on a .info domain.

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    I've seen a number of commercial sites on .org but wanted to check out if there is any 'formal rule' before developing an entire site on it.

    Aren't the only ones to stay away from .gov and .edu ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by datadriven View Post
    Aren't the only ones to stay away from .gov and .edu ?
    You don't need to think about it. You simply won't find .gov or .edu in the options at a domain registrar.

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    If you want to use business website then .net is more preferred by me personally.

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    Speaking of business, my other main concern is customers/companies perception of placing paid ads/ppc on a .org site. Would they hessitate more so than for a .net? Thinking, hey wait a minute... "shouldn't this be more sacred ground"?

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    I heard net gets a little more traffic overall

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    Quote Originally Posted by datadriven View Post
    Speaking of business, my other main concern is customers/companies perception of placing paid ads/ppc on a .org site. Would they hessitate more so than for a .net? Thinking, hey wait a minute... "shouldn't this be more sacred ground"?
    .org and .net are like .com in that they have been declassified for a particular purpose, while com used to be commercial, net used to be network and org used to be organisation they are now just counted as generic because of their popularity though some still go by the old standard when deciding what they want to register. Your customers and companies will not care what extension you use, they treat your site based on its reputation

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    Everyone wants .COM domain name and then if you need another TLD (COM might be taken) I suppose that doesn't matter. But if in both domain name extensions domain name is available for the registration I would recommend you take both

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    Arrow

    The almost new Dot .ME extension is also a great possibility - it is
    usable worl-wide with no restrictions --- and is great for e'commerce.
    There are still many great business Dot .ME's available at the Registars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue999 View Post
    The almost new Dot .ME extension is also a great possibility - it is
    usable worl-wide with no restrictions --- and is great for e'commerce.
    There are still many great business Dot .ME's available at the Registars.
    But that is not CLD that ccTLD domain name (Montenegro). I suppose it is not good idea of having ccTLD for the general web site.

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    I vote for .net .

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    Generally I would go for .net, although i might go for .org, depending on the site's subject.
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    If it's possible go with .com but if not then i will prefer .net over.org domain.

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    It does not matter what tld you're going to use for adsense/paid ads, the important things is traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abhaywow View Post
    nowadays u can get the org./ .net domian extension easily , so i don't think much difference these days
    Sure you can but these domain names will not be considered as good ones and memorable ones. That is important to remember about as well.
    But I agree there are some good name are there

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    Generally .com and .net are used for commercial purposes. and .org is given high status by search engines since they are supposed to be non profit sites. I would anytime go for .org site first and then to any other.

    But whatever you select, in the end its always how you promote it and how well you manage SEO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akki.webmaster View Post
    .org is given high status by search engines since they are supposed to be non profit sites.
    That hasn't been the case for many years, and it's wrong to claim search engines give .org any kind of priority, status, or trust, it simply isn't true.

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    For commercial purpose:
    If you can get com, go for com.
    But if com not avaible, go for net.

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    99.99999% of the time it will make no difference which international TLD you pick.
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