Want to get your own website or blog online but not sure what domain extension (or TLD – Top Level Domain) works best for a personal website?
There are now hundreds of TLD’s to choose from. Meaning it’s probably an overwhelming decision to be making! Should you pick .ca, .com, .co, .biz, .artist etc?
The good news is, in most cases the decision is relatively easy to make.
The Best Extension for a Personal Website Is…
Easy to remember, and helps you rank higher on the search engines so more people find you.
The fact of the matter is: traditional .CA and .COM domains are still the best. And we’re going to explain why that is right now.
1. Best For SEO
If you’re a Canadian business or do business in Canada, the best domain extension for you would be .CA. Why? It is given more “local power” in the search engines.
As a result of the country specific domain name, Google recognizes that you will be more relevant to people making search queries in Canada vs. the other options.
Not only does using .CA or .COM effect SEO, it plays a part in how people perceive your website.
2. More trusted
The new TLD’s are just that… new. Meaning they do not yet have widespread usage or recognition.
The recognition of .com or .ca domains is undoubtedly higher (because they have been around for longer). This recognition improves the trust factor of your website. In addition, if you’re using a .ca domain, you will be perceived as a local business.
This is good for building trust with your website visitors and potential customers if you’re selling.
3. More of a “staple” domain
When it comes to the new unique/cool TLD’s, they are best used in specific branding or marketing campaigns.
For regular personal websites, using something that is more of a widely recognized “staple” TLD will make your domain more easily memorable and less gimmicky feeling.
If you’re looking to get people to your website to consume your stuff – whether that be your blogs, vlogs, or photo feed, your best bet is to go with the traditional .ca or .com domains.
There are instances where it may make sense… If you really want something unique and are willing to put in the work to generate more brand recognition, you can use the other types. Just remember, your SEO may be affected.
So, if you’re looking for a great domain, click here to start your search. CanSpace offers the cheapest domains around guaranteed (including the new TLD’s).