Should I bother registering .NET/.ORG/.BIZ/.INFO domains along with .COM?


I own a small software company, which has it's website on a .COM-domain ( )

Should I register .ORG/.NET/.BIZ/.INFO as well? "" or it's just a waste of money?

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asked Feb 24 '11 at 01:55
267 points
  • I actually do have them registered - but can't help thinking it's just money down the drain! – Jitbit 13 years ago
  • I have initially registered and then dropped them. Can't see the point to own every domain on the net. – Ross 13 years ago

7 Answers


Depends how serious you are about your brand. For the $8.99 it costs you a year, there is no reason not to in my opinion. If you don't a domain squatter will buy it up and charge you a couple thousand if not more later down the road, if your company turns out to be successful.

Heck, I'd even go as far as suggesting to buying any typos of your domain. We own and a domain squatter bought up and Now we pay $5-$10 a day to advertise on those domains to get that traffic back to our main domain.

answered Feb 24 '11 at 03:57
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  • By paying to advertise on them aren't you reinforcing the problem? – Ryan 12 years ago


In my experience - Getting the other extensions is a waste of money. Here is how people generally find your site:

  1. Stumble across it by clicking a link, so there's no way they'll get the URL wrong
  2. Type yourbusiness.COM into their website address by default
  3. If all else fails, they just Google your business name and click the first result

When we first started our company, we registered misspellings, and all the similar .net, .org, .etc domain names. A year later, we decided that it was $200 wasted every year on pages people never visited (we got 0 visitors to almost all of them)

answered Feb 24 '11 at 03:51
Andy Cook
2,309 points


Log what domain name people use to get to your website, and see if anyone is using the .org, .net, .biz or .info. If so, then you might consider keeping the ones that are getting used. If not, then I'd let them lapse -- you can't stop someone using your name in their domain unless you also register a couple of hundred different country-specific TLDs, plus the new generic TLDs that are expected to launch soon.

answered Feb 24 '11 at 02:52
Mike Scott
691 points


Seriously, register them. All of those domains are cheap to register yearly and it'll stop some jerk mooching off your name with a link-farm trying to cash in with some AdSense ads. The internet is full of jerks and squatters, you'll find that out sooner or later if you let those other domains go back onto the domain market.

answered Feb 24 '11 at 10:56
Digital Sea
1,613 points


Absolutely yes. You will be very upset when your business is successgful and someone registers .net or .org and there will be nothing you can (are willing) to do about it.

answered Dec 23 '11 at 06:56
120 points


Since you dropped the name, a bastard like me will register,, and others, build similar sites, and try to mooch off some of your traffic!

If you can afford them, register them and point them to your existing site.

answered Feb 24 '11 at 10:46
2,079 points


If you are in a niche it might be worth protecting your niche from other entrants on the SEO work that you do with the domain (if any).

I think we've forgotten the days of $70/year .com registration. Spending the same per year now on a handful of domains to protect the space you've worked hard to build and grow traffic to is something I'd think about twice, especially it was a niche.

answered Feb 24 '11 at 11:11
Jas Panesar
244 points

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