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I own a .co.uk, but the .com equivalent has become available
It's rather a lot more than I wanted to pay - is it worth the money?
jweighell




msg:3369676
 7:22 pm on Jun 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

I run a UK website under a .co.uk domain name, which I have and always will promote as the .co.uk name.

The .com version of the name has recently become available, which I was hoping to get, but I've gotten into bidding for the name on snapnames and the cost has become rather a lot more that I'd hoped.

I probably won't ever do anything with the name, other than direct any traffic to my .co.uk domain, which I guess is helpful for anyone that incorrectly types my domain.

Does anyone have any experience of buying the .com equivalent of their regional domain and seeing an increase in traffic?

It doesn't appear that the .com domain has any PR or incoming links from what I can see...

Jonathan

 

Quadrille




msg:3369682
 7:49 pm on Jun 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

From what you said, the major advnatge at this time will be stopping anyone else getting the .com

And that's no small matter, as someone else getting it would steal many people with poor memories, and all those who don't even consider the suffix; they assume every site worth going to is a .com

If your site ever gains a serious international flavour or target audience, there may be another role for it, who knows.

But if you can afford it, buy it and 301 to your current site.

You'll thank me later ;)

smartpc




msg:3377134
 12:53 am on Jun 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

How can you be sure how much bleed traffic your loosing already? Its always a plus to own the .com but if your sites just region pacific why bother....if the .com owner starts a site exactly like yours just go after them with a udrp....

AmericanBulldog




msg:3377148
 1:35 am on Jun 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

If the bidding has gotten steep than I would assume the .com has value based on the name alone.

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