Traffic Difference Between .net and .com

Started by lokdown, Sep 22, 2022, 07:15 AM

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I have a valid .net domain name keyword. I've done a lot of work on the website over the last 10 years.
 Later I tried to buy .com, but the owner did not respond to my attempts, and I suspected that they would ask for a lot of money anyway. Instead, I bought .net. I was wondering how much additional traffic I would get from the .com domain. Since this is a keyword with a perfect match, will some of my visitors go to .com next time, find my website and try to stay on it? I'm sure people will get traffic if they enter a keyword and add .com at the end.

Does anybody have any experience with that? Since then, someone has bought a .com domain and noticed a significant increase in traffic. All I'm asking is, is it worth thousands of dollars?


The difference between .net and .com
The most commonly used extensions .com and .net are common top-level domain names or gTLDs. The difference between them is what they mean.

As experience shows, the is best suited for commercial organizations and all types of companies created for profit. was developed for networks, and therefore it is popular among providers of Internet access, e-mail and databases.

However, nowadays many companies register domains with both extensions so that no one else can take their SLD and register a domain using another extension.

.net domain zone
When using the .net
Extension .net means "network". This is the second most popular top-level domain, but its popularity is not as great as that of its .com counterpart. And therefore a domain name with an extension .net that needs to be registered will most likely be available. In any case, on the site of the company RX-name, there is a domain check for employment in a particular domain name zone. was created for companies providing network access services and web sites related to networks, which makes it an ideal choice for Internet service providers and cable TV service providers, as well as web hosting and email service providers. This extension is also suitable for any companies working in the field of technology and application development.

When you register a domain name with an extension .net, try, if possible, to register also a similar domain with the extension .com. And not only because it ensures that no one will poach your customers.
People are creatures of habit, and it so happened that .com is a more familiar extension. When a domain name  is registered in two zones – .com and .net – it is possible to redirect users from .com to the main site with the extension .net and maximize your traffic.

The .com domain zone
When using .com
The .com extension is an abbreviation for "commercial". This TLD is by far the most popular and recognizable among all others, and it is what people expect to hear when talking about sites. is great for almost all people and companies. It is perfect for online stores, portfolio sites, law firms, information portals, blogs, advertising agencies and any other profit-oriented companies.

The problem with the extension .com lies in its popularity and in the fact that everyone wants to use it. Because of this, the probability that someone has already taken a domain they like in this zone is too high.
Ideally, you should start thinking about the domain already at the stage of choosing the name of your company. Therefore, you should check its availability at an early stage, because later it will get rid of a number of problems and save a lot of nerves.

The impact of domain zones on SEO
From the point of view of search engine optimization (SEO), the extension .com has no basic advantages over the .net extension. Regardless of which top-level domain name  is used, search engines treat them the same. is more trustworthy, so web sites with this suffix can receive large amounts of traffic. People are used to the fact that all major brands use it, while spam web sites usually do not use it, so the web resource is in the may have more traffic from Google search results than pages with other TLDs.

The only case when an extension affects what place a site occupies in the ranking lies in the plane of national SEO. Choosing an official top-level domain name with a country code (ccTLD) for a specific country can help you get a higher ranking in local search. For instance, if your company is located in Ukraine and you use an, then your website will probably rank well in Ukraine and get more traffic from search engines.


I don't think there is a difference in traffic between different domain zones.
It all depends on the quality of the site. The rest doesn't matter.