Poll: Do You Trust More .net or .org Domains?


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We all know that a .com extension is always the best way to go for a commercial or content website. Educational institutions might prefer .edu, and some people targeting a specific country might prefer a local extension like .co.uk, but on all other cases .com is king.

Unfortunately, finding a good and available .com domain these days is a tough task, and often times people need to settle for a .net or .org. Usually, in fact, only the .com version of their wanted domain will be taken, while both the .net and .org will be still available. In those situations, do you think the person should go with a .net or with a .org?

Notice that I am not asking what is your personal preference, but if you trust more a .net or a .org domain?

Suppose you were searching in google for “video games.” There are only two results: videogames.net and videogames.org. Which one would you click if you could check only one of them?

Have your say in our poll! (RSS and email subscribers might need to visit the website to see the poll)

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45 Responses to “Poll: Do You Trust More .net or .org Domains?”

  • Daniel Scocco

    @kurt, stay away from .info, people associate those with spam blogs.

  • Laura Christianson

    I would tend to trust a .org extension, because my mind associates it with a non-profit organization.

    Laura Christianson
    co-founder, HeBlogsSheBlogs.com

  • Kurt Avish

    Prefer .com but from .net or .org….. dnt you think a .info too is good for a blog? personal opinion.. I think a .info too sound good..for a blog sharing lots of information… of course the .com is still king.

  • BioTeccK

    I would definitely go for the .net! 😀

  • Technotip.ORG

    I would surly prefer .ORG

  • Shoto Azikuri

    I like mostly .com domain, but in this situation i vote for .net, it hear for me 🙂

  • Ben Moreno

    I think in the case of video games I would go for .net. But as in general trust I have found that most .org’s are positive and business focused.

    There is, of course, exceptions to every rule.

  • Bryan Knight

    I voted for .net which is ironic given that I sold my .org site for 5 figures. 🙂

  • Desk Coder

    I personally don’t care between .net and .org, meaning I see no difference. .info is the one I stay away from.

  • Mr. I

    I agree with Rajeev Edmonds and I trust .net more. .org = Non Profit Organisation. I am not interested in Non Profit Organisations.

    Actually, I had to choose a .net domain for my blog because .com was already taken. 🙁

  • Rajeev Edmonds

    I would give preference to .net over .org, simply because my perception is that .org is normally associated with a non-profit organization.

  • Jerry Ong

    .ORG give the better impression and it normally was for non-profit organization but who is behind the domain was more important for me 🙂

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Seo Genius, I know that. The objective of the poll, however, was not to find how important the URL factor is for web users when accessing the trust of a website.

    It was rather to check if, all other things being equal, they needed to choose between a .org and a .net domain, what they would do.

  • Jodith

    I voted .org because you didn’t give a “neither” choice.

    Really, I don’t even notice the url most of the time. And we all know that any scammer out there can use a .org address.

  • SEO Genius

    Ha if they were side by side let alone by being shocked to see that come up. I would go off some thing else such as the title tag or description instead of the URL.

    I am not trying to ruin your poll here just trying to express that the URL is one of the last things I usually glance over anything such as .org .net .com I will click on.

  • Tumblemoose

    I guess it kinda depends on what it was I was looking for in the first place. For some kinds of information, .org sites would have a bit more credibility in my book. the .net extension makes nary a difference to me in my search for information, credible or not.



  • Rajaie AlKorani

    It really doesn’t make the slightest difference to me.

    But since that doesn’t answer the question, I’ll vote for .net!

  • Christine

    I tend to trust .orgs more — just a gut feeling, I suppose. Which is why I chose a .org for my blog!

  • Alan

    I always think of .org as sites for charities, that yes, I would look at.

    I can’t think of any .net sites that I have ever visited ?

    So I guess my answer is .org

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Matej, I don’t, but thanks for letting me know that I might switch to numbers instead 🙂 .

  • Matej

    By the way, don’t you just hate polls where you can’t see how many people voted 😛

  • Matej

    .org surely. From mine experience, there are a lot of high quality sites on .org domain name. I tend to think many people choose .org for official sites.

    Although, I think it’s more fore static sites.

    .net tends to be more … spamy? I see a lot of sites with .net domain name that only generate content from feeds, never liked them …

    And I always liked sites on .tv domains, that’s maybe because I visit a lot of them because of my site niche ….

    everyone sees it different …

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Hussein, I am not sure if “we all know.” The poll is saying more people trust .org domains over .net ones.

    @Seo Genius, suppose they came side by side 🙂 .

  • SEO Genius

    I wouldn’t choose over the domain extension but more over which is first in the search results.

  • Joel Drapper

    I trust .com domain names first, but out of those two I think it is .net. I am not sure why, but it just it.

  • banji

    I however tend to trust .org

    The newbie in me seem to associate .org with association. Hey, there’s a formal organization for it, it must be “more” trustworthy

    That said, no one should put his entire trust on the net (by net I mean the internet) 🙂

  • Danny Cooper

    If I was searching for a games website I would click the .net, as I familiarise games with .net, if it was a informational site, or an official site I would choose .org.

  • Hussein

    I first trust .com domains as I think they are more original and there are some tendency that the site .net and .org are just a clone site.

    In the poll, answer .net We all know that first is .com then.net then .org then .info ^_^

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Ruchir, yeah all other things are equal.

  • Ruchir Chawdhry

    I generally tend to trust .net domains more than .org ones. I’d click videogames.net instead of videogames.org, of course assuming all other things such as desc. and title are the same…

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