.biz domains, any good?

About 6 months ago I came up with a new web venture, i designed the site then, and have just started the development now…however stupidly i neglected to register the domain name thinking nobody would get it, and now its gone…

so, after a few hours searching .com’s and realising theres none left, im thinking of turning to a .biz domain…

theres quite a catchy name available, and the site is aimed at business users…

so what do you think? good idea or not? are .biz domains seen as mainstream or weird new domains?

opinions please…thanks.

if the names good then i say go for it :slight_smile:

its a short extension and although it isnt as good as com etc as long as its branded right it wont be too much of a problem

thanks fonzerelli, needed that bit of confidence :slight_smile:

I chose option #2, but if the .biz is all you’ve got, good luck.

Have you approached the .com owner to see if it’s available?

I agree with fonzerelli, go for it if the domain name is good.

I have 2 .biz domain names, but I only have them because I also own the .com and .net domain name and doesn’t want anyone else to get the .biz.

There is a small extra challenge in marketing them, but it is highly possible I’d say…

Pretty much seconding fonzerelli’s thoughts… :slight_smile:

Yes, you need to brand it accordingly. Never brand a DOT.biz simply “DOT”, always use “DOT.biz”, otherwise you will probably market “DOT.com”!

I replied ‘ok’ in the poll: marketing is something that can bring even a page at geocities to the top lines in SEs :slight_smile: Sure it’s an exaggeration, but i mean it. It doesn’t make much difference whether it’s .com or .biz. If you can’t market it well, you won’t have visitors, whatever your hopes were.

The .biz extension would be the first one I’d avoid. People might misspelled it and there aren’t too many web sites using it as their main domain.

I’m not a big fan of .biz names… they seem a little shady to me for some reason…

the only ltds i would ever go for are .co.uk and .com.

maybe the odd .net

i have never liked .biz… ever since i had to explain to someone that the “biz” part wasn’t part of the domain, and the extention its self. :rolleyes:

Depends on what your target audience is really. If it is mostly Internet professionals, who know ins and outs, then you hardly need to explain anything, but for average Joe .biz can be pretty hard to grasp…

show.biz is good other i dunno :smiley: depends!

But it’s becoming more and more common… I think it would work… It’s all a question of marketing I’d say…

Well, in my opinion there is only one single marketing/promotion tool that works in the long run: WORD of MOUTH.
So, in the end it really doesn’t matter that much which extension your domain has so long as the content is right for your target market.
Sure, a dot.com is easier to get exposed when you start but later on in your marketing campaign search engines and other media become less and less important - because your customers will promote your site and they do so by sending your url to others via email. In that case the name of the url doesn’t really play that big a role because you just click on it.

Hmmm… Don’t know if I agree with you fully…

Yes, word of mouth is probably the single most important, but other forms of promotion should also be used…

Of course it depends on what industry you are in, what your marketing budget is etc.
However, when it comes to ‘good’ domain names - have you ever thought about the fact that many big internet companies have a rather ‘strange’ domain name? I’m thinking of yahoo and goolge for example. Who would have thought that those are ‘good’ domain names?

Yes, you are right…

That actually proves both our points… :slight_smile:

Right. Speaking of promotion and spreading the word: What do you think of Alexa.com? Do you have any experiences with that site?

Not any more than the fact that they crawl my site every now and then. But I haven’t had much traffic from them…