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Discussion on: Why you should get a good, international domain for yourself

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Ben Sinclair

I see someone with a .tk domain and I think, "hey, they're sensible, they know they don't need to waste money on domains".

I say this, but I have a .net as my personal domain.

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Avi Aryan Author

.tk is problematic because it used to be free for unlimited time and so was used by hackers and spammers. That gives it a bad reputation in the tech and SEO industry.

Also, they had a lot of horror stories, it was true 7 years ago when I got my first domain. Not sure now but this recent article claims that it still happens.

techelex.org/why-not-use-dot-tk-do...

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Ben Sinclair

That article sounds pretty iffy to me.

Anyway, we're talking about getting a domain "for yourself". SEO isn't much of a consideration, as even if - if companies like Google didn't rank these domains they'd list them if someone was searching for you.

Nobody has a personal domain and expects inbound traffic to come from a search for "best web developer". You network in other ways and have your website as a resource to support you, not the other way around.

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Avi Aryan Author

No, but a client or a low-tech business owner or even big tech teams in some cases, can search "React list performance" and find your article(s) and then hire you as a consultant.

Anyway, I see the reason for this disagreement. You are thinking of using a website for just writing your bio and I am thinking of using the website for writing about myself, my blogs and my projects.

If you use your website only just your bio and contact details, yes, then SEO isn't important.