discussion To Promote my Band and Single am I Always Better With .COM instead of Using Exact Name with a NONCOM

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First off I apologize for not asking a direct money related question. I just would like this forums opinion if one is better off to use a non exact name for .COM and website for a band as the domain is name is not available or using a nonCOM (net, org, co, etc.) for the exact name of the band? The purpose is to make it easier for people to find the website. Thanks
 
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First off I apologize for not asking a direct money related question. I just would like this forums opinion if one is better off to use a non exact name for .COM and website for a band as the domain is name is not available or using a nonCOM (net, org, co, etc.) for the exact name of the band? The purpose is to make it easier for people to find the website. Thanks
IE is (not the bands name) ChimptheBand.com a more accessible name to find and remember than Chimp.band
 
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IMHO, when someone sees a ".com" name anywhere, they immediately think "website" (or domain). Take your two examples, write each one of them on a car or at the bottom of a poster or leaflet: Everybody pretty much knows what the .com is about and they may try to enter it into their browser. It won't be as clear for a lot of people with another extension, especially one not very well known (.band is probably not very good on that front). You may mitigate this a bit by adding "https://" in front of the address and/or "www", but a .com is always very recognizable directly.

And by having another extension, people need to remember the extension on top of the name if it's not for an immediate use (or if they want to come back later bu remembering the url).

The .com is usually really better. Now, it's a tough decision between a great name (short / EMD) with an alternative extension and a slightly modified one on .com. If you manage to find a good modification for the .com, that would be great.

Not all alternative extensions are the same (a .net stays quite good).
Maybe it is quite acceptable to use a .band for an actual band, I'm not sure. Doesn't change the "recognizable" problem.
 

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IMHO, when someone sees a ".com" name anywhere, they immediately think "website" (or domain). Take your two examples, write each one of them on a car or at the bottom of a poster or leaflet: Everybody pretty much knows what the .com is about and they may try to enter it into their browser. It won't be as clear for a lot of people with another extension, especially one not very well known (.band is probably not very good on that front). You may mitigate this a bit by adding "https://" in front of the address and/or "www", but a .com is always very recognizable directly.

And by having another extension, people need to remember the extension on top of the name if it's not for an immediate use (or if they want to come back later bu remembering the url).

The .com is usually really better. Now, it's a tough decision between a great name (short / EMD) with an alternative extension and a slightly modified one on .com. If you manage to find a good modification for the .com, that would be great.

Not all alternative extensions are the same (a .net stays quite good).
Maybe it is quite acceptable to use a .band for an actual band, I'm not sure. Doesn't change the "recognizable" problem.
Thanks
 

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Personally, I would never launch a business or website on a non .COM domain.

If I just created "GoPro" and was not able to buy GoPro.com, I would use GetGoPro.com over GoPro.co or GoPro.io

.co .io and others don't do well in print/visually or in audio like radio or podcasts.
 
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