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    Hi Everyone! I am thinking of starting a website, I need to find out if US Internet users trust more dot US or dot COM domains. Would you care to share your view?

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    Hello,

    IMHO .com domain name is most popular and trusted.

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    I agree. But at the same time I suppose that is good idea to have bot domain names registered. Just in case. Moreover that is not expensive

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    Google places a lot of weight on the domain name, so it is important to get the appropriate country-code domain extension, if you have country specific target audience. Since your are targeting US customers then I would personally suggest to go with dotUS.

    BTW I also don't ignore that dotCom is more famous globally then any other domain extension.

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    Content is the king for the Google. I'm certain. And as SEO experts say that doesn't matter what domain name you you have.

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    .com is more trusted in USA Better go for this. If this is not aailable then choose .us
    Good luck.

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    .com tends to be the default TLD most people type in when hearing a domain name. .net and .org seem to follow after that.

    Personally, I don't see the .us TLD often unless it's used as part of a "domain hack", such as del.icio.us
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    Not one bit of a doubt...

    .com is the way to go

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    I'm surprised at the lack of .us usage. I'd have thought more US folks would be more proud to sport a .us address?

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    Just remember that .com is international and should not be used for country specific sites.
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    Domain extensions aren't really "more trusted", people care about the brand name, not the TLD it's listed under, I really don't know why people have this weird fascination with comparing domain extensions like it actually makes a difference when in reality it's nothing but a trivial factor (with few exceptions).

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson View Post
    Domain extensions aren't really "more trusted",
    Some are where their use is actually limited to a specific group. For example a .travel domain is only able to be obtained by a registered travel business and a .com.au domain can only be obtained by a business registered in Australia. As there are additional registration requirements in order to be able to obtain those domains in the first place there are additional protections in place that make the domain one that can be better trusted on a domain that is available to anyone such as .com (where big-company.com can be legally obtained by any Joe Spammer who thinks to register it).
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    Of course but we are talking generically available domains which anyone can register here, there are a grouping of trusted TLD's (such as the targeted TLD's you mentioned like .travel and .pro) and associated trust (domains which can only be registered by businesses or government organisations). But none of those really apply here because the trust issue doesn't affect what the majority of people are going to be registering (or able to register).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbriso View Post
    Hi Everyone! I am thinking of starting a website, I need to find out if US Internet users trust more dot US or dot COM domains. Would you care to share your view?
    Get both. At the moment the default TLD for USA seems to be the .com but the pattern for most other countries is that it starts out as .com but gradually shifts to the local ccTLD. I don't think that the USA will be any different but the shift will take years. However getting the .us (as long as you meet the nexus requirements) should be cheap enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexDawson View Post
    Domain extensions aren't really "more trusted", people care about the brand name, not the TLD it's listed under, I really don't know why people have this weird fascination with comparing domain extensions like it actually makes a difference when in reality it's nothing but a trivial factor (with few exceptions).
    It is not really a question of whether a TLD is "more trusted" or not. The reality is that as a country becomes more connected, there is a shift towards the local ccTLD and people begin to start thinking of it as "their" TLD. At the same time, the default TLD on adverts in the media also shifts towards the local ccTLD. And in some cases, a ccTLD can be more trustworthy than .com or the other TLDs when there is a managed registry and some requirements that have to be met in order to register a domain. It is not so much a case of how people trust a TLD as one of how people identify with their country and their ccTLD.

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