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.co vs .net

Labeled as discuss in Domain Extensions, started by acs6656, Feb 23, 2021

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  1. Future Sensors

    Future Sensors 78% of human domainers will be replaced by robots Gold Account

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    In fact, one of the original concerns of Juan Diego Calle was that domainers would buy .co domains hoping to capitalize on .com typos. Maybe I'm old, but it's still relevant.
     
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  2. CraigD

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    LOL why do you assume that old means out of touch?

    I know too many young and hip people who don't have a clue ;)
     
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  3. iAbhay

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    It's Simple
    Companies want themselves to be recognized as companies.
    .co gives a sense of company whereas .net does not. but it will take some time to takeover .net.
    But one day .co is goona be prefered over .net
     
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  4. Brian L.

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    For all intents and purposes .co is just a typo of .com.
     
  5. Satyajit Adhikary

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    dot com = USD
    dot net = GBP
    dot org = EUR
    dot co = BTC
    dot io = ETH
     
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  6. Future Sensors

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    This brief explanation only raises more questions.
     
  7. Domain Search

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    I think .co is best if available. its looks like .com and also short. For SEO, both domains are good.
     
  8. Xiberia

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    With the exception of very short names, very good keyword/s or domain hacks, I think it's more like:

    COM -> BTC
    ORG -> ETH
    ccTLDs -> XRP
    Everything else (including .CO outside Colombia) -> Flappy Coin
     
  9. Igor Mironyuk

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    .NET because I like domains in thisTLD.
     
  10. Brian Olvera

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    The new startups and companies prefer .co for their primary domain while a good keyword or one-word will always be great in NET.
     
  11. Future Sensors

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    What's your source?
     
  12. AstroDog

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    I think .net (network) is totally old school and outdated. I see a .net website and I know I'm not visiting a quality site that cares about such things as branding.

    .com is king, but .co is definitely my second pick for some projects and .io for others.

    .co says your young, hip, and an emerging entrepreneur, not some old gas bag with a .net extension. Makes my stomach hurt just thinking about the sad .nets.

    Imho.
     
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  13. Future Sensors

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    Don't tell this to IETF people writing new Internet protocols, so that you can enjoy posting here. Indeed, they don't do it for branding purposes and RFCs are still in plaintext. You could be a bit more subtle about what you think is quality or not.

    But yes, .net is less popular nowadays.
     
  14. AstroDog

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    Didn't mean to ruffle anyone's feathers. I have absolutely no agenda, whatsoever at all. Just reporting findings from research and interviews of online business owners. its my job. P.S. I own 1 .net and 3 .co domains. Again, no agenda. Just reporting from the field.
     
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  15. SuperBrand

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    Depend on the name, if single word or dictionary word, I prefer .net

    if Brandable name .co might sound a bit better
     
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  16. TopSilver

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    I actually completely agree with this statement. Using .co for a business wouldn't be terrible but would cause an immediate issue with users getting confused at whether it's meant to be ".com" and would confuse .co and .com with eachother. You want to keep it professional so in my opinion your best bet would be to go with a .net domain if you weren't using a .com

    By the way, my name is also Brad.
     
  17. masvil

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    .co? Do you mean .com? :xf.wink:

    Seriously now: I vote .net because older, still strong and recognizable.
     
  18. MHExplorer

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    Only the extensions which a common visitor is aware of wins. .CO can be expensive and popular within domainers but .net is always going to beat .co because you can ask any random person to visit your sites with both extensions and everyone will be able to visit .net version of your site but majority will goto .com instead of your .co version of website. So .co sounds good within domainers only. .com, .net, .org will always be on top.

    I would go for .biz as well but never for .co if i have to care about huge number of visitors on my websites.
     
  19. HotKey

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    Personally, I don't think .co is in the same league as .net, in terms of brand persistence. I can see someone upgrading to the .net from .co, but not the other way around. Have always seen .co as a temporary solution. The .com that could have.
     
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    Mixed opinion, but for me .net. Considered the second most popular after .com...anything involving the web it is great. The .co as mentioned in a previous thread, great for a start-up. It still has credibility, but for me, I would stick with a .net
     
  21. nydomain

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    I prefer .net because of the brand recognition. Websites like cPanel.net, doubleclick.net, or slideshare.net. Also those @comcast.net emails seem familiar.

    That said, nothing against .co. It has a nice ring to it and will probably keep growing
     
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  23. Domain Search

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    .net is best
     
  24. kaposzta

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    For a local company, .net can be a better choice (e.g. MiamiBoatRental.net vs MiamiBoatRental.co).
    But if you have an app or a site operating on a company or global level, .co would be a better choice (e.g. BoatRental.net (has a feel of an amateur site) vs BoatRental.co).
    If you want create a brand that would dominate a market, yet you don't have the necessary budget for the .com version (or it is not available for sale), I would always choose Boat.co over Boat.net.
    So it depends :)
     
  25. Cooldomainideas

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    I would prefer net if it was a tech market.
     

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