I'm designing a website that will basically be a social network for sharing information.

I have the domain $$$$d.net and the same domain $$$$d.info where "$$$$" is a word (that runs into the d) pertaining to the purpose of the site .

The .com of this domain was already taken, but they've got nothing showing. They are also not ranked in Google. There is only an error showing. They don't seem to be trying to sell it either.

I also have the long name of the site $$$$------&&&&&&&&&.com where the words "$$$$" and "&&&&&&&&&" would contribute relevant SEO to the site. In fact the word "$$$$------" would also work if a one letter spelling mistake is recognized at all by Google, which I doubt but am unsure about. But as a brandname the "$$$$------" word still works relevantly.

Which do you think is a better choice to use?

  • The short catchy name with the .info for relevance to information
  • The .net which is more familiar than .info but slightly less relevant maybe. (But I think "net" as in "network" still works because as I said, it will be a social networking site.)
  • The long, .com domain which has more SEO plus a pun, albeit on a spelling mistake.

I know its kind of a subjective question and also hard to answer without knowing the name (which I've obfuscated because I'm only in initial design stage) but nevertheless I'm interested in what some of you guys think.

  • I say the .net because it's most important to your users in the end: Google robots don't care about social networking.
    – ionFish
    Jul 11 '12 at 5:00
  • thanks ionfish this is what i was leaning towards. as a seo/webs newbie i appreciate the validation
    – jskye
    Jul 11 '12 at 5:28

You said .com of your choice already taken and it is not in use( or error ( under construction ) . so you can look for .net .info etc without any problem because the .com is not working properly you can easily overtake that domain in Google search engine. Or for SEO this makes no difference provided .com website ranks higher than yours. ( if you google your website name " abcd" your website abcd.info will be shown ahead of abcd.com ( as this domain website is not active )


try to change the name little by adding words like (my) myabcd.com , (info) abcdinfo.com etc try the combinations choose best one suits your need

  • thanks for your answer panindra, i will definately look at mydomain.com otherwise i will go with either the .net or .info and not the longname.com
    – jskye
    Jul 11 '12 at 5:32
  • thanks to your suggestion to continue looking, i just purchased a domain im very happy with that has the best of all worlds, $$$$@@@@.com It was a premium domain sale at godaddy, but still in my budget.
    – jskye
    Jul 11 '12 at 5:49
  • @jskye Best Wishes To Your website
    – panindra
    Jul 13 '12 at 3:37

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