03-31-2012, 08:21 PM
| | Quote: Originally Posted by GeoffJr@Isringhausen »
Great points, thanks!! That makes sense how it could definitely become confusing to people. And you never know, it's possible a site could inadvertently send visitors to a competitors website if the wrong URL was entered.
That can definitely happen given the number of domain squatters out there. The problem now is when you settle on one URL, you have buy an additional 10 or so due to the number of extensions so competitors or squatters don't. The squatters wind up wanting a multiple of whatever it's worth.
Definitely consider if being found is your goal, because search engines do still prefer .com. However if you redirect traffic from a pre-existing .com which gets lots of visits and is aged, it's not going to matter and I imagine it'd pull the new domain up in the rankings.
Quote: Originally Posted by gmaccormack »
Anyone under 30 shouldnt have a problem understanding that there is no .com at the end. That being said I can see haw it would create some confusion at first, but that shuld pass over quickly as it becomes more commonplace.
You would be surprised how many people do not understand that there isn't a .com, that and it has become a reflex to type ".com" at the end of a URL. It's like we're pre-programmed. As you correctly point out, this will change over time. Not sure if it's better or worse that now people are going to be getting confused over the extension.
However, if your business involves advertising the site, that's very important. You can still get ranked, it just takes longer. I believe they view .com as more "valid" or something? It's not quite clear to me, someone more involved in the industry can explain it better than I can.