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Hyphenated.com Or "straight".net?
Posted 20 July 2006 - 03:30 AM
Posted 20 July 2006 - 04:43 AM
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Posted 20 July 2006 - 08:33 AM
Posted 20 July 2006 - 09:33 AM
Have you tried buying the .com from the owner?
Either that or find a new name. We recently went through this and had to ditch not less then 15-20 great names because the domain name wasn't available. Eventually we ran out of ideas and added the word "outlet" to our main name. Although that's not a perfect solution - it's working for us.
You can try the usual tricks of adding things like Officialdomainname.com or domainnameonline.com theoriginaldomain.com - that sort of thing.
Posted 20 July 2006 - 09:47 AM
Posted 20 July 2006 - 09:57 AM
I'm not in a position to do anything about or anything, but I can confirm that having something other than a .com can be a serious problem.
Posted 20 July 2006 - 10:57 AM
If you do need a US audience, I'd say the .net is better than the hyphenated .com, but I agree with Jill. You might be better off using a neologism with a .com. If you go that route, just don't participate in the silly Web 2.0 fad of dropping a vowel (e.g. flickr).
Posted 20 July 2006 - 11:24 AM
The .com isn't in use and is registered to Verisign, seems I need to get my interest registered in their Central Listing Service, anyone recommend a good Dropcatcher?
Posted 25 July 2006 - 08:04 AM
Drinks are on me....
Posted 25 July 2006 - 08:11 AM
What's wrong with .net? For a webmaster site especially?
Posted 25 July 2006 - 09:10 AM
It depends. How much traffic are you willing to lose because you have the .net and everybody types in the .com since that's all they see in advertisements?
It always goes back to Branding and other-than-search-engine advertising. By getting a .net when someone else has the .com you're only putting a hill in your path that you don't need to climb.
Most people are not that Internet savvy. Heck, outside of those of us who do this stuff for a living, many don't even know what .net is!
Posted 25 July 2006 - 09:12 AM
So yeah, you are correct.
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