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is getting a free domain name good?


hi wht.

so i want to do a website, and got a free .tk domain name which i liked. I want your opinion on is it good or bad using a free domain name in terms of user and traffic and in terms of search engine seo since i never saw any website on the google main search page having a website using a free domain name except the offical .tk website.

i found out that my exact domain is available in .org, should i go for a .org one? or to have sucesss in a website have to register a .com or .net domain which i don't have many options of getting a good one.

im a beginner on this , so your inputs and suggestion are appreciated.



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For SEO purposes, you should use .com, .net or .org. Google tends to not rank other tld's very well.

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thanks for the input, so a .org should be just as good as a .com in terms of seo?

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Sometimes I've come across .org's that ranked better than .com's. It all depends on how well you do your SEO.

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I think free domain names like .tk is not a good option. In some countries, it's an untrusted domain name. So maybe traditional domain names like .com, .net, .org will be good for you. They're so cheap.

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A lot of spammers use free domains to spam for a few days and then get caught and abandon it. Unfortunately, the .tk domains have been affected by this. I think that having a .tk domain will create the impression that you didn't think enough of your own website to even invest $10 in it for a "real" domain name.

I've also heard that .org domains might get an extra brownie point from the search engines - because they are supposed to be owned by mostly non-profit organizations whom you should hopefully trust more. But I've never really seen any proof of that.

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