Does the dot extension really have that big of an impact on your websites ranking or performance? The answer is absolutely no! There are some definite advantages for dot com and to a lesser degree dot net if you are going to go into heavy off line band based advertising. From any other stand point though any top level domain extension will do just fine with search engines.
The bigger question I get though is along the lines of I have a new site I want to call abc123 but abc123.com is taken, I can get abc123.net but if I build a successful site on that don’t I risk loosing business to the person that owns the .com?
To me this is only a concern if again you are going to do a large amount of offline advertising such as TV, Billboards and Radio.
The problem is often with what I call “negative greed”, fearing loosing something you don’t even have yet. Tune in to learn more and get my thoughts on what it takes to be successful in business today.