.INFO Domains are .DEAD

Can anybody point me to a single .INFO domain that isn’t junk? All I see is .SPAM and .CRAP. The .INFO TLD has “officially” been co-opted by idiots. I can only think of a few reasons why you’d want to register a .INFO domain:

  • You’re a spammer
  • You’re a marketer (read: potential spammer)
  • You’re misinformed
  • You’re a brand masochist
  • You couldn’t get .COM, .NET, .ORG, .US, or .MXYZPTLK
  • You registered when .INFO was well-intentioned

If you’re a .INFO owner, sell it to a spammer and rebrand yourself – please. For goodness sake, let’s take a mulligan and pretend this whole .INFO thing never happened. I suppose .BIZ is just as .BAD! The only TLD the world really needs is .XXX – which would make filtering a helluva lot easier.

62 thoughts on “.INFO Domains are .DEAD”

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  2. I used to own htmlfaq.info. I was going to turn it into a website help site to help new webmasters. I got bored of it pretty quick though. I let it expire.

  3. We arent spammers.

    It was the only domain avaiable to us that featured th company name.
    It does cause some problems, some web forms still dont acept it as a valid e-mail address but other than that no issues.

  4. It doesn’t help that they were giving .info domains away for free for a year – I’m not sure how they thought that was going to work out for them (maybe getting people to start using the domains would make them re-register?), but any time you have a loophole in the domain-granting business (see free domains, or the 5-day registration grace period trick), spammers will game it.

    The only .info domain that I have seen that actually has a purpose is http://www.mta.info – the home of NYC’s Metro Transit Authority.

  5. Well said. A lot of registrars offered up .INFO domains for free back last December when the .INFO registry opened, so every idiot on the Internet got a .INFO domain or ten (… myself included).

  6. My blog is on .info. Not junk, not spam. I’m no misinformed, no brand masochist. Why would .info imply a spammer. Why would an indiviual like me opt for .com/ .net /.org etc.? Aren’t these TLDs defiened with an implication (commercial/ network related/ organization). And if most ppl ignore them… u want us, the politically correct ones, to f*** off?

    BTW, .info is some $3 less than other TLDs at GoDaddy, my registrar :D

  7. I disagree with everything in that blog post. My blog has a .info domain, but only because .com/.net/.org/etc where already taken. I’m a not spammer. I find it a little immature to say that just becuase someone uses an odd domain extension, they are automatically a spammer. You…. er… TLD-ist!

  8. Unfortunately, it’s sad, but a lot of sites with .info gets me worried about whether to take the risk and click on the link. I have found one that is legit and a great gadget site ( http://www.digital-lifestyles.info ) so you can’t say that they’re all spammers or similar.

    There’s no way I will go with a .info domain for the same reason. I’d rather wait or think of a different name with a .net or .com domain. Thankfully, I got a .net and then recently snapped the .com (but not without some stupid domain registrar trying to reserve it for a while, until I waited it out).

  9. I’m a real estate agent and I recently started creating little one page websites for specific topics. I have one for rent to own properties and one for distressed sellers. I have the latter using fastclose.info but with all the reading I’ve been doing about .info being spammy I went ahead and registered easyfastclose.com instead.

  10. http://hulla.info is the website of the now retired Hullabaloo rave company in Toronto, Canada. They’re giving away a DJ mix set every week for the next 80-odd weeks via Bittorrent! Visit today and allow the music to tug at your happy hardcore heartstrings!

  11. This is ridicolous, to say that all .info domains are crap or that anyoen registering one is ill informed ?? Don’t understand that at all.

    My personal website is a .info domain, http://www.lundin.info

    I see nothing wrong with the top domain info which obviously stand for “information”.

    I really havent gotten much spam from other info domains so not sure what you are talking about at all.

  12. .info can be a great extension — esp. when a short name is needed (microbes.info) and other extensions are taken/used.

    Besides, if it’s good enough for Cal Tech (AlbertEinstein.info), I imagine it is good enough for most of us (but apparently not you). They don’t strike me as being “spammers, brand masochists, or misinformed” –I think they have proven to be a fairly bright bunch over there in Pasadena.

    In fact, they obviously used their intelligence to bypass the (no doubt exorbitant) prices the speculators are surely trying to get for AlbertEinstein.com/net.

    Frankly, in this and other cases, I actually prefer the .info (there are a number of Medical, Health and Science sites that benefit from using .info).

    Open your eyes and stop denigrating what can be a terrific domain extension.

    For the record, I personally own many dot.coms and prefer them for most situations, but I also own some very strong .info domains (and .tv), and I’d have to say I’m VERY happy to own them, and plan on developing them in the future.

  13. My website is a site to remember the good times that people had back in the 1970s, 80s and 90s when SeaWorld of Ohio was as popular as the other 3 in the USA.

  14. … Maybe a little late to reply, but still.
    I registered the .info for my main project after seing the .net taken and parked by “marketers”. I had the .com and .org already, and, while the .biz (and all others) didn’t interest me, I wasn’t about to spit on a domain registrars were throwing at me for nearly nothing.
    I see it more as a complement to the .com, where I’ll host a satellite informative website, without cluttering the .com with unnecessary pages. I could have done that with subdomains, I know, but then I just wouldn’t have bothered making the content.
    If that makes me a brand masochist, well, too bad.

    As far as I am concerned, I don’t care much about the .info being the den of spam. If it can be even remotely useful, then I’ll use it.

  15. .info is a generic top-level domain intended for informative websites, although its use is not restricted. It was a part of ICANN’s highly publicized announcement, in late 2000, of a phased release of seven new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). The event was billed as the first addition of major gTLDs to the Internet since the DNS was developed in the 1980s. The seven new gTLDs, selected from over 180 proposals, were meant in part to take the pressure off the overcrowded .com domain.

    .info has been the most successful of the seven new domain names, with over 4 million domain names registered up to March 2007. In addition, over 1.6 million .info websites are in active and dedicated use. In the immediate aftermath of September 11th, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority switched to the easier to remember mta.info website to lead users to latest information on schedules and route changes on the area’s transportation services. Spain.info is used by Spain’s tourism board to promote visitors to come to Spain.

    .info is an unrestricted domain, meaning that anyone can obtain a second-level domain under .info. As a generic, unrestricted domain name, anyone can use .info for any purpose, similar to .com, .net or .org domains. This is in contrast to a TLD such as .edu or .coop, which comes with criteria. .info is the first and only top-level domain that was explicitly created and chartered for unrestricted use, though various other TLDs have ended up that way as a de facto situation. .info means information in about 37 languages around the world, and is a neutral name. Afilias has been aggressive in its marketing of .info, with significant registrar incentives and outreach events.

    The .info domain has been operated since its creation by Afilias. In 2003, .info was the first gTLD domain to support IETF standards-based internationalized domain names, as described at .info IDN. Registrations are processed via accredited registrars and internationalized domain names may also be registered

  16. Can I point out that .info is short for .information? Or is everyone so sucked in by the “ZoMg WDF, Use every domain name possible, spammers” and so on that they forget the original intention. A cheap alternative for various departments or organizations to host a site that they don’t want to pay the full deal for on a domain that they have to sit on just to reserve the name. If people are taking .info JUST because of the fact that it has a lot of open domain names, then people arent using their imaginations. Use a pun with a .com or something. Use a funny quote for your domain. Some humour/cleverness would be appreciated in this endless sea of E-Idiots out there.

  17. Yes, there are .info sites out there (such as the ones right in front of me) that aren’t owned by scammers, and are paying off. Heck, people have taken popular company names from the .com’s and phished for their users with their .net or .co.uk …which, well yeah, might have been a better choice than the .info…ugh scammers.

    And maybe some of us are looking for a name with a good appraisal. If it’s a fair price for a domain, I might as well go ahead and register for a year and see what happens. But, we’ll have to see, obviously, if all this negative talk about them will sway the good businesses from bidding.

    Or maybe, just a thought, maybe scammers will start to realize .info’s are becoming less credible and give it up so the real people might end up more fortunate with their .informative sites…?

    And me, personally…I’m liking .info(rmation). Hmm, not com(mercial), not net(work), not org(anization)…an info site…kinda cool.

  18. I am registering a .info domain right now, and like it or not, I will use it for a junk site, and guess what, it will make me money, so… just let it go, .info domains are useful if you have a brain between your two ears.

  19. Perhaps, if enough people add links to their sites with quality _information_, then the validity of the lead article will weaken considerably. The language used is pretty forceful, so I don’t think that an apology for its wild and inaccurate will be readily forthcoming.

    Having registered the http://www.caronia2.info domain for almost 5 years now, and paid-up for the next 10, I’m far from convinced that I should kill it off. With visitors staying anything up to 4 hours at a time and record visitor counts of 9,000 a month, I’m dead happy!

    Not bad for a site about a ship that foundered over 35 years ago, is it?

    Steve (Peter S.)
    Caronia II Timeline Webmaster

  20. Dont agree with you about .info being dead. Its in fact undergoing a resurgence, and a lot of interest. It accounts for 30% of new domain signings and this is not a small percentage. You just watch. .info dead? I beg you your pardon!

  21. I use .info domains for informational sites… why should I imply that they’re commercial by using .com? I also use .name, another domain introduced at the same time as .info, for my personal site.

  22. Funny thing, talk about spammy iINFO domiains being owner of WordPress, the most spammy script ever developed with tons of spam-intended plugins. And no, I’m not owner of a dot INFO domain

  23. I’m not a spammer, even the WMRT using the .info but I agree that spammers are looking for cheap domains and so the search engines knows that they’re for spammers (in most cases).

  24. Actually your pretty mis informed. If you search online there are people who will tell you that .Info is working. And there are people who will tell you that it doesnt matter if you have a .com, .net, .co, .info, in terms of serach engines.

    I myself have a .Info. I am a Dj that plays Indian music and American to by the way, and depending on what people type, I get on the first page of yahoo and google. .

    Do I always get on the first page no. Do I want a .Com yes. But we know how names are with .Com’s. And hey .Info’s are cheap.

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