As a new social media "buzz" business, is it smart to use a .media domain?
I'd like to use a ".com" domain, but these days all the good ones are taken – especially those pertaining to social media. That said, I've heard that .media domains may not show up on search engines.
.coms are still the de facto first way to be found. However, with proper SEO and branding you should be able to rise up the search engine ranks for specific keywords provided you have appropriate content.
If you are building a consumer facing website then you need a .com because many will simply assume that the website is .com and type it in without thinking. We've been conditioned to think that .com is the legitimate TLD and so a company must have one of those in order to be legitimate. The best advice i have for picking a domain is ensure that's it is easily brandable for your purposes and go with a .com whenever possible.
I would say that is not a good idea. As if you think on customers point of thinking, by the term website people usually prefers and remembers .com or .net So i guess .media would be quite difficult and confusing to remember! and as per SEO is concerned .com and .org always gets the highest priority to the search engines.
I'm a tester so I like to test things. The way search engines work and the way their engineers want them to work is to display to their users the best result based on their search criteria which filters information based on what we wish to be an intelligent algorithm (think AI). If they can index the site and display it in the SERPS, it's on like Donkey Kong, yes?
I do not think a dot anything is going to matter when your brand brings it. When the media wants to write about or video interview you. When bloggers want to write about or interview you. Etc.
If you're building a general media site then .media is the way to go IMHO. It's your brand that'll make it rank. If you're aiming for a niche that is heavily manipulated, you may have to join them in the churn 'n burn game or hold out hopes for a smarter algo.
And if you're worried about your users finding your website then redirect your .COM to your .MEDIA. ;-)
Good luck to you, Bryan.
I respect all opinions here, and while I agree with the dotcom denomination as almost a synonym for e-anything. I would not pass the chance of getting a domain of high semantic significance, because the they they go hot, you are several steps in front is terms of brand establishment. I would use a .media domain instead of paying premium for an aged .com in an auction, and take my chances with bringing in the new. This is a personal opinion as none of the standing concepts around this topic have been properly tested. If you already own the .com, use the .media to test it out.
I'm firmly in the .com camp for the reasons already mentioned here so I won't repeat what anyone else has said. But to add something new to these comments:
You mentioned you feel all or most .coms are taken nowadays. Have you tried a service like pickydomains? If not, you should check it out.
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