Is .org a bad idea when .com is available, but expensive?
January 16, 2012 5:50 PM Subscribe
Is it a bad idea to build a website using an available .org domain, when the .com is for sale by an investor?
I have a friend that wants to start a pretty full-featured blog site to appeal to a niche audience. Of the domains they like, at least a couple of the .coms are owned by investing companies - you know, $8000 or best offer, fill out this form and our salespeople will contact you. The .coms are NOT being used by any actual person or business. (Friend is not willing/able to shell out that kind of money for a TLD, on top of the costs to develop the site.)
However, for those same domains, the .org and .net variations are available. And the site would be such that .org would make sense - it's not a strictly commercial venture. My question is, is it a terrible idea to build the site on a .org or .net as primary domain, when the .com is still floating around out there?
I guess my concern is for what happens if the site becomes at all successful. I'm sure it would drive the price of the .com up, and of course anyone could buy it and put a copycat site there.