Do we need to register .com & .net?
Hey everyone, I got the inspiration to write this post from Problogger's article Should You Secure .com AND .net for Your Domain? that you may find at this URL.
Darren Rowse has been asked this question from one of his reader and answered him with an article where he lists two arguments in FAVOR of registering both .com and .net version of a domain name.
Here what he says first:
I reckon this is very true, especially if you use the .net version as the main one (like PB!). You don't want your users to write yourdomain.com and to be redirected to another website!
- As Defensive Move - just yesterday I received an email from a distraught blogger who had worked for 4 years to build their blog up only to find that this week another blog had started using the .net version of their blog. While the 2nd blog was behind the eightball and wouldn’t rank as well in Google this blogger saw it as a threat to their business.
Then, Mr. Rowse adds:
This is a less frequent situation, but also true.
With a View to Expansion - having a second domain gives you the possibility of expanding your brand later with a different type of site. For example here at ProBlogger I initially set this blog up on ProBlogger.net (.com was parked and not for sale at the time) but now I’ve secured the .com version I now have a 2nd domain to set up another site. In fact with the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog challenge I set up the forums on ProBlogger.com/31Days which gives you a hint at what I have planned for that domain.
So what do you think?