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

By Daniel Scocco

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?”

  • 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…

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Ruchir, yeah all other things are equal.

  • 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 ^_^

  • 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.

  • 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) 🙂

  • 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.

  • SEO Genius

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

  • 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 🙂 .

  • 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 …

  • Matej

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

  • Daniel Scocco

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

  • 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

  • Christine

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

  • 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!

  • 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.



  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 🙂

  • 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.

  • 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. 🙁

  • Desk Coder

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

  • Bryan Knight

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

  • 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.

  • Shoto Azikuri

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

  • Technotip.ORG

    I would surly prefer .ORG

  • BioTeccK

    I would definitely go for the .net! 😀

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Daniel Scocco

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

  • Ari

    It depends on the topic. For video games, I prefer .net

  • Daniel Bates

    Second place is the first LOSER…If I had to choose .net would have a slight edge. Technically they should serve different purposes. If it were a videogame NETwork site then it should be .net, if it were a video game ORGanization then it should be .net. Of course people in South Carolina are buying up .sc, which is some random countries domain affiliation, so the system makes no sense

    My site is .net, because .com was taken, but I’ve since bought the .com as well.

  • Mr Javo

    Definitively .org

  • Dennis Edell

    I rarely trust .org at all since they opened the extension to the public.

  • Gemma Bristow

    I would assume that an .org was less likely to show me adverts about gold farming, etc.

  • fromtheold.com

    Now that’s a surprise for me. I thought most people trust .net way more than .org

  • Ted Murphy

    I usually come across this problem in the results of a search — and I always click on the link closer to the top, regardless of whether it is .net or .org (or even .com).

    I guess that’s a pretty strong argument for SEO.

  • Michael

    I encourage people to find domains with all three available and then to reserve all three. Why lose visitors to your site because they can’t remember which extension appends your domain? Why risk inadvertently offending them because yoursite.com goes to an adult site or a spam site when yoursite.net is your site?

  • Chuck Anthony

    I believe .net is your best bet — .org, forget it; unless you’re an NPO.

  • Herman

    There are many misconceptions being promoted in the comments.

    The .com domain is intended for use by commercial sites (i.e. those whose purpose is to generate revenue, whether personal or corporate).

    The .org domain is intended for use by organizations; most notably NGOs and other non-profits.

    The .net domain is intended for, well, networks. Portals for families, groups of people sharing a common interest, etc.

    When one advocates for the blurring of any of these delineations, the issue of identity dilution comes into play. Personally, I would be less likely to patronize a business who, upon finding that their preferred domain name has been taken, would resort to making use of a .org or .net namespace. Show some originality and devise another. Under the ‘net paradigm of today, few people just plug a brand into a location bar. Search engines do the work. A branded URL is somewhat irrelevant.

    By the same token, I cringe when I see non-profits using .com for the sake of expediency or, worse, catering to the lowest common denominator (i.e. the average person will only try the .com domain to locate an organization). People should be give a little more credit. Should that concern reflect the truth, perhaps that demographic is one to be avoided.

    I have not voted in the survey, because neither the .org nor the .net domain hold any greater sway over my trust. Properly implemented, they describe too entirely different entities. Truth be told, I am more likely to distrust a .com domain.

  • Kurt Avish

    Oops. Thanks for sharing Daniel. Didnt know about that. I’ll avoid a .info then. Was thinking to get one .info for my blogspot blog. The .com is already taken…i think I’ll look for a .net or .org or even if i can get a country TLD name like islandcrisis.mu –

  • Mike Pietrs

    .Com means “Business”
    .Org means “Charity or Professional Association”
    .Net means “News”

  • ~Romil

    Sorry to bump this up, but I agree with points mentioned by @Herman.

    Domain squatters and opportunists have taken a lead with .com and other suitable domains from people more deserving for that particular intellectual property.

    Cyber laws and ICANN control over such incidents are quite lax.

  • Chris

    Thanks for sharing. I’ll try to make more .orgs nowing that more peope trust them. That and my websites are information sites. Not that my sites are untrusted but first impressions count. I would like to see how many people voted for what as I depicted my answer from all the comments above me but the answer. thanks again but.


  • Chuck Points

    I always go for .com first, because like you said it is king. But, I have many sites that are also .net and they do just as well on google as .com in fact all my .net sites that I have place higher than there .com counterparts. Yes all kudos go to me not the fact that it is a .net. My point is that other extensions can do well it is just about how much you know and what you do with that information.

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