Yes. Not choosing for a .com domain can affect your ranking. But its not game over because Google is looking at many factors to rank your website and domains extension. If you score high on all other factors, you still have a shot to the first Google search page.
People feel more comfortable clicking on a .com search result because it has more authority and they think It is more trustworthy. You most probably get visited and shared more. Extensions like .info /.win /.party are commonly used for backlink building. For example: people buy 100 cheap urls and built junk websites that link to their .com website to get more Google authority.
It depends on what kind of website you want to make.
If you want to start writing a blog or start a international webshop in 2019 Google search will be very important. Most of your visitors will come from searching for your blog topic.
Why: Because a different extension will affect your rank.
If you want to start a small local business like handyman services, hairdresser or local webshop, its important that people know where you are located. If they search in your language, your result will show up.
Result: use your country extension (.nl .uk .es .cn .jp .za .mx .fr .de …)
Why: because it needs to feel local and people will search with local keywords for example: ‘hairdresser in London’.
Good! You made the decision to go for a .com domain. But why is everything taken?
You will need to be very original to get a new domain and it is possible because there are still many unique ones. For example: you love doing safaris and want to write stories on your blog with travel affiliate links to earn some money. Safariblogging.com is still available. Not sure for how long after this post but it proves that there are many urls available when you are creative.
You will see many different prices for web domains and web hosting. Why is that?
That is because it matters where the hosting servers are located and how many the host has. If you visiting a website from London and its hosted all the way in the US, it will load slower. So it's smart to choose a bigger company that offers more servers around the world. I personally like Bluehost.com because everything is in-house and they have servers around the world. You will have a free domain name and hosting for only €2,67 a month.
Claiming our safariblogging.com URL will only cost you €10,86 for the first year. Only after adding hosting, you will pay €2,67 each month. I bought many URL’s that I want to use or sell in a few years.
URL stands for Uniform Resource locator. It's what you put in at the top of the web browser when you wish to go to a website. An URL allows your browser to find a specific web page or file across the Internet. It is unique.
HTTP at the start of the URL stands for: Hypertext Transfer Protocol. This is the language for the two computers to talk to each other when they are sending data between thems.
WWW stands for World Wide Web. Nowadays browsers will default this if you forget to enter it when you're entering the URL.
Domain name is a unique name that is registered to one owner and points to the root directory on a web sites host computer. It's a name that points to a specific place on the computer which stores the website. You must register the name and it must not already be in use.
Extension dot-com means “Company”. Extensions give useful information about website owners for example UK means a company in the United Kingdom. It doesn't mean the website really is from a company in the UK because there's no check on domain name types. Anyone can register a domain name with any extension.
index.HTML means HyperText Markup Language. When you tap in the domain name it usually contains the homepage of the website where we can see index.html for google and its home site.