I have to purchase a second level domain and choosing the name for my website, which is basically a comic strips blog. That's to say it doesn't have commercial purposes mainly, but I don't exclude the possibility of selling merchandasing through it. I found several names so far, they are all related with the website content, and I want to choose one of them; the more suitable (shorter, more cute and cooler) aren't available with the .com extension. If I need the .com extension I should opte for a more compound name, that's to say I would sacrifice its attractivity for a better top level domain. But is it really better?

I wonder:

  • What is the best between a coleer name with the .net extension and a less attractive one which lets me getting the .com top level domain?
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    We can really only offer opinions here, which is considered off-topic. Traditionally however, .net was associated with either networking technologies or the network-side of an organization. If the .com version isn't available, you might consider one of the new gTLDs instead (e.g., .blog), which are treated equally in terms of search engine rankings and might be more memorable to your users than a .net one. – dan Jun 8 '16 at 7:55
  • thank you @dan . Do you think that in this specific case the .blog extension may be better than the .net one? – franz1 Jun 8 '16 at 8:00
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    Unless there's a gTLD extension that you think is better suited in the list I linked to in my comment (e.g., .book), I would think .blog would be a lot more descriptive and better fit than .net, since you're hosting a comic strip blog and not a network related site. That should give you a lot more flexibility in selecting a cool name too :-) – dan Jun 8 '16 at 8:11
  • Thanks. Actually I'm also worried about the impact such extension might have on average users, for a .net extension may be perceived as more reliable and comfortable maybe... Am I wrong? – franz1 Jun 8 '16 at 8:17
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    People are getting much more used to the new extensions, and personally I think .net domains used for general purposes has always seemed a bit odd. A valid question to ask yourself is: "Would I naturally think to type in .net for a comic strip blog...and do I know of any popular ones that use .net?" There are lots of well-funded startups using the new gTLDs, and seems like a lot more progressive/hip than using a .net domain (no offense to any .net'ers who might read this). – dan Jun 8 '16 at 8:38