.org Domain Question

I am considering buying a .org domain. Is that a good or bad idea? Does anyone here have a .org domain that ranks well? 
  • September 01 2012 - US
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Quite simply, there's no rule attached to how .org domains are used by people (which is different than let's say .edu domains since one has to prove that they an educational organization to use .edu).

Raheel Shahzad, Attorney, CPA, Real Estate Agent
Lombard, IL
  • September 09 2012
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If the .com web address is not available, many people will use another extension such as .org

I don't think that this will hurt you in any way, however, make sure that your clients know that your web address ends in .org instead of .com
  • September 03 2012
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Although there is no requirement to have an IRS 501c3 status to get a .org extension, that is the assumption people will have for the use of those domains.  Perhaps they may even be used with IRS 501c4 status, but even there, it seems a bit questionable.

For commercial use, it seem most appropriate to use a .com or .biz

It is probably worthwhile in some cases to get the .net and reference it to the .com.  But most people are not going to confuse a non profit with a commercial enterprise. Using the wrong one is going to provide a negative impression of the organization.

.pro may be a good choice for some "service" related professions.  Those domain name registrations are presently available for $3.88 (for 1 year), which is even less than the .org.
  • September 02 2012
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Just so you take my last answer as credible. Through my family's companies, we own about 100 domain names. We get the .orgs and .nets of each one to block others from getting then and point then to our .com sites. Only 1 .org site was used and that was for a back office login. Even our nonprofit used a .com site.
  • September 02 2012
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Most companies seem to purchase .org extensions when they purchase their .com extension. The .org is generally used for back office logins or customer reporting and utility sites. .org was once a very popular extension along with .net but if you are relying on the most traffic always find a .com domain name. The last thing you want is someone trying to find your .org site and because they forgot the unusual extension they go to the .com site instead and it is another company.
  • September 02 2012
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That is my understanding also. However, I have seen them misused, and it always makes me feel suspicious when it happens.
  • September 02 2012
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My understanding is that .org domains are suppose to be for non profit organizations.
  • September 02 2012
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