The Difference Between “com” And “net” In Internet Marketing (And Why It Really Doesn’t Matter)



What’s the difference between COM and NET? It’s simple… COM – Common or Contract Address NET – Network or Subscriber Address Let’s say you have a website called “www.JohnSmith.com”. If someone types in “www.JohnSmith.com” into their web browser, they will end up on your website… no matter what address they type in.

However, if they type in “123www.JohnSmith.com” or “456www.JohnSmith.com”, they will end up on a different website. That’s because “www.JohnSmith.com” is known as a “COM” address… and there are two ways it can be used. The first way is to make it the “Common” or “contract” address of your website…

But if they type in “123SomeStreet.COM” instead of “www.123SomeStreet.COM”, they will get sent to a different website… which happens to be hosted on the same server (host) as your original website. In fact, in most cases, they will get sent to a website that is identical to your own… except for the address (or “URL” as it’s called).

The reason this can be a problem (especially for newbies) is because people who are doing “Website Research” usually don’t realize (or care) that most often… All Of The Domains On A Server Are Controlled By The Same Person Or Group Of People! In other words, if someone is doing “Website Research” and types in “www.yourdomain.



Difference Between “com” And “net” Conclusion

Well, if your website is set up properly, all it should do is show them a message something like this: The page you requested cannot be found. Please check the address for correctness and try again. In other words, it should direct them back to the address (or address range) where their error occurred. This is called a “redirect”. And in most cases, it should only happen once. Unfortunately, many website owners don’t understand this and they create “dumb” redirects that happen every time someone makes an incorrect address entry. This is very, very bad because it wastes an enormous amount of server space and it also causes a lot of unnecessary confusion. What you want to do is create a redirect that happens only the first time an error occurs… and then… create a “dumb” redirect that happens every time after that. You can do this by creating a simple little PHP script something like the following: Remember, the above code will only work on websites that are using PHP. If your website is not using PHP, you will have to write some other type of code to accomplish the same thing. OK, now that we’ve discussed what a redirect is and how to create one, let’s talk about “dumb” redirects. You see, there are many people who believe that every time a person makes an incorrect address entry, they should be sent back to the exact same place…



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