Are .cooking domain names good?

Are .cooking domain names good?

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  1. Maria Marketing

    Maria Marketing Active Member

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    I was wondering if domain names that are in the .cooking extension are good or if they are just something to avoid.

    I have a cooking blog so I though one might be good and I found a real good one that is available.

    What do you think? :)
     
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  2. Ellen F

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    A while ago I was thinking about starting a cooking blog myself and saw that extension. There wasn't really any good information to be found about it though so I am not sure if they are good or not.

    I never did start the cooking blog although I still have the idea in the back of my mind. There were not any good .com domains that I could find available which is why I though about these.

    I don't know if it would confuse some people though so you may want to look into it before registering any.
     
  3. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

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    Using a domain with a .cooking extension would probably be a little risky because of many different factors.

    You would probably loose traffic to the .com version of your name, some people might not see the "DOT" and the cooking part after it as an extension and might just type out the whole thing and put .com at the end.

    I mean, you could give it a shot if you wanted but you have to be willing to loose a little traffic from improperly spelled domains.
     
  4. Maria Marketing

    Maria Marketing Active Member

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    I was wondering if it might confuse people because it confused me when I first saw it. I just think that maybe people will start to get familiar with them soon because there are so many new ones out there.

    Do you think that maybe I would just loose traffic in the beginning but later I would not?
     
  5. JohnQ

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    Using those new domain extension can be risky. The long ones in particular because that increases the chances of typo's.

    Maybe if you really put an emphasis on the domain when you are marketing it that can help but I don't know if I would be willing to use one myself.
     
  6. Ellen F

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    It might confuse at least some people. It just doesn't really look like a real domain because people are mostly used to the 2 and 3 letter domains.
     
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    I don't know for sure if using one of these domain extensions is a good idea or not but since many people might not know it's a real extension they might type the wrong address in their browser and go to the wrong site.

    You should also check the prices for both the registration and the renewals. I saw some renewals for some of these new extensions is very high.
     
  8. Maria Marketing

    Maria Marketing Active Member

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    I thought that it might be confusing for some at least in the beginning but over time I thought that they might get used to it.

    I didn't check the renewal prices for them. I will check on that. Thank you. :)
     
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    I have pretty much the same opinions as the other members posted so I won't go into that.

    I did look up the renewal prices for the .cooking domain extension and most of the big/usual registrars that are used seem to have renewal prices in the $25-$35 range.

    Namecheap and Namesilo are in the $25 range, give or take,and those are the two that I would recommend if you decided to use a .cooking domain.

    You need to take the renewals into consideration as they are about 2-4+ times the renewal rates of a .com domain.
     
  10. Ellen F

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    It may be that way but I really don't know too much about domains to say for sure either way.
     
  11. Melker

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    I'm not so sure about using one of those new domain extensions for a website just yet.

    There are many people that are not familiar with them and it might hurt your trust level with people that would potentially visit your website.
     
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    I am seeing so many websites that are now using the new domains that I think it might be fine to use them.When you search for something in Google you can look through the pages and see many new ones being used by websites.
     
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    If you use a .cooking domain then it might be good but it might take more time for it to be popular if people don't think it's a real domain. Maybe you can use a .com and buy the .cooking and switch them later. Then you would own both.
     
  14. Maria Marketing

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    I didn't even look at the renewal prices but just the prices some places had for registrations. I will keep that in mind. Thanks :D

    That is what I have been noticing more and more these days. I have seen many on the first pages of the google search results.

    I was thinking of using just a .cooking domain because I can get a domain that is much shorter so having the same one in both is not something I an wanting. Thanks anyway. :)
     
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    It might be too soon to use one of these right now but if you find one that you really like then maybe you should register it and keep it so someone else doesn't register it when they become a better choice.
     
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    I can't tell you if they are good or if they should be avoided but I will tell you that I didn't even know this was a real domain extension so there are probably a lot of people that will not realize they are real and you might lose traffic because of that.
     
  17. Maria Marketing

    Maria Marketing Active Member

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    That is one of the things that I was thinking about doing if I am not going to use it right away. The name is really good for a cooking blog so someone might want to get it if I put it off till I really am going to use it.
    I thought about that myself which is one of the reasons I made this topic. I told some friends about it and they didn't know about the .cooking ones either. I am afraid the confusion might hurt my blog.
     
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    I like what another member said about how you should buy the name and hold onto it until you are ready to use it so someone else doesn't register it.

    I have had that happen to me way too often. I find a domain I like and have plans for but hold off to register it. THEN I go to register it and it has been registered. Really can screw up your plans.
     
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    I was just looking and even to register them for the first year is expensive. Have you found anyplace cheap for first year of their registration?
     
  20. Maria Marketing

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    I think that is what I will end up doing. That way I can use it if I want of hold onto it and decide when and if I should use it later.

    I saw some place that had them for US$15 but now they are $25. I will be checking some other places and seeing what prices I can find.