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(Entry was posted by Kyle Arnold on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, March 15, 2018).

.com domain name is taken for potential clients business name

.com domain name is taken for potential clients business name... I`ve never had to deal with this issue so thought I`d double check the recommendations. I have seen a lot of talk about this but always end up with mixed/conflicting answers (as with most things to do with SEO ;-) )

I`m assuming that if you are good enough at SEO it won`t matter too much, but to give it the best possible opportunity what would be recommended?

Local business with a few locations on the outskirts of California. Almost all other options are available except for the .com

.org .us .net .biz etc...

they don`t have an existing site btw.

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Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.

  • John Bosworth: Is it the domain for their name? I’d get them to check their not copying / encroaching on another business. Personally I wouldn’t take the lower level extension and if pick a keyword related name or alter it enough to avoid confusion with potential customers
  • Kyle Arnold: it appears to be a squatter on the .com
  • Ronnie Lawson-Jones: I’d get .ninja, adds to credibility
  • Kyle Arnold: I would also prefer .com, most variations that make sense and relate closely to the domain (that I have checked - still researching) appear to be taken. I guess I`m looking at the other variants to avoid confusion as they have been in business for quite some time
  • Kyle Arnold: hyphenating or partial hyphenating may also be an option - not ideal though
  • Michael Martinez: I have used .org for over 20 years. TLD really doesn`t matter. It`s what you do with the site.
  • Jason Dolman: What about weare{business name}.com?
  • David Ogletree: There are a lot of very good reasons to insist on .com but SEO is not one of them. There is a debate on some indirect SEO benefits. Some say it makes it harder to get good links because non .com domains seem less legit to some people.
  • Neil Cheesman: In my own niche a website has been established for MANY years with co.uk and they don`t have the .com - it hasn`t and doesn`t affect them ranking in the SERPS at all... whether some people/customers mistake the .com for .co.uk I can`t say - but for `SEO` purposes, as long as the `brand` is created as part of the domain don`t see it as a problem. Double check copyright issues in your case...

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