January 17, 2008

Dot Com VS. Dot Net: Round 1, FIGHT

When I first started this website, I very much wanted the domain name, "georgecomics.com." No hyphen. It was available years and years ago, probably around 2000 or so, but I was still naive about the web domain registration and hosting process so I decided to hold off. In 2005, it was gone, taken by an online comic book store. So, I begrudgingly grabbed george-comics.com instead. So every time someone asks me, "what's the address for your comic site?" I have to respond, "George hyphen comics dot com," head bobbing up and down with each spoken word to hammer in the fact that if you do not type it exactly as I have spoken it, you might not find George, but a photo gallery of Himalayan mountain goats on fire.

I could have registered "georgecomics.net" instead, but I felt, as I still do, that a "dot net" address just doesn't have the same...kick as a "dot com." You know what I mean? It doesn't sound as marketable. It doesn't sound as...Internetty. I can't really think of one very big, successful website that ends in ".net." That being said, I hate that effing hyphen. So I registered www.georgecomics.net anyway. Right now it just forwards you to george-comics.com, but I can't help but wonder if I would benefit from changing the site's address from george-comics.com to georgecomics.net. Or, if I should just leave it as-is and tell people to go to "George Comics Dot Net" when they ask.

What do you think? Would georgecomics.net be easier to market than george-comics.com? If so, is it worth losing what amount of name recognition george-comics.com has already gained? Should I eat this entire can of artichoke hearts for lunch?

3 comments:

fwidman said...

Since you've been using the name with the hyphen, and your loyal readers are used to it, why change?

As for the artichoke hearts...EWWWWW...

John Norton said...

Yeah, the artichoke hearts thing was not a good idea. Blegh. Anyway, I think george-comics.com is a fine enough domain, and if people ask, I'll just tell them to go to "george comics dot net" which will just immediately forward them to the right place. Best-case scenario, I get georgecomics.com when the guy forgets to renew his domain >:D

Teresa said...

Cover your bases. Buy it and forward it as a '301 permanent redirect' to your existing domain. A domain purchase is nominal cost and this way you won't kick yourself again in a few years.