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Canadian business .com or .ca ?
cowan5




msg:4575935
 11:56 pm on May 20, 2013 (gmt 0)

I am developing a site for a canadian business. The business sells products from a store. The domain name the owner wants is available in .com and .ca so my question is should we use .ca or .com ? is there any advantages in using .ca for a canadian business ?

 

Leosghost




msg:4575942
 12:08 am on May 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

Buy both..redirect the .ca to the .com..

phranque




msg:4576063
 9:58 am on May 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

if you are using a gTLD such as .com you can also specify your "Geographic target" in the GWT configuration settings.

HuskyPup




msg:4576209
 2:58 pm on May 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

Is your client's principal market Canada or US?

Buy both and direct the lesser important to the other.

lucy24




msg:4576288
 8:04 pm on May 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

Huh. The OP specifically said Canadian, so I'd have thought .ca as the primary.

Leosghost




msg:4576299
 8:16 pm on May 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

Canada is linguistically split ( and it may get messier, and become an actual split ) so..the dotcom ( neutral TLD ) is IMO, a safer bet for the main site..

The .ca could be used later, for Canadian francophones..

HuskyPup




msg:4576610
 5:18 pm on May 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

The OP specifically said Canadian, so I'd have thought .ca as the primary.


So Blackberry only does business in Canada? Just saying ...

The business sells products from a store.


Is this a retail store, a trade store or a drop-ship store?

^^^ Leosghost's suggestion is a good one to develop later in French. As usual giving advice is difficult when all the necessary information is not given.

lucy24




msg:4576684
 8:40 pm on May 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

"Primary", not "only".

How 'bout we tell Quebec they can have their own country-- but only if they give back Nunavik?

Leosghost




msg:4576689
 8:48 pm on May 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

How 'bout we tell Quebec they can have their own country-- but only if they give back Nunavik?
keyboard ( and tshirt )..wine..nose :)

If they had their "own country"..they'd doubtless then argue about if the constitution should be Huguenot or Catholic or lac based..

cowan5




msg:4576739
 12:49 am on May 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

Yes its a retail store dealing with many customers from around the area. thanks for all the help I think I will go with .com and redirect the .ca

Dether




msg:4578188
 12:46 pm on May 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

.ca list better in canadian google, thats for sure and clients like domains with their coutry extension :)

simplo




msg:4578261
 4:52 pm on May 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

I've had this dilemma before. Buy both, use the .ca if it's primarily Canadian customers and redirect the .com to the .ca This will identify with Canadians better and if they type in .com by accident then they will be redirected. If you expand to US, then use the .com for that and keep .ca for Canadian customers. You will also want to host in Canada to improve Canadian rankings, this means a Canadian IP not just a host that says they are based in Canada. Also, .ca extensions are supposed to rank better in Canadian indexes. Keep those things in mind.

Charlie Blair




msg:4578932
 8:48 am on May 29, 2013 (gmt 0)

Buy both, and any other that is available such as .net .info .org etc. All of these can be useful and be redirected to either yourwebsite.com or yourwebsite.ca . The .ca will rank better in Canadian indexes compaired to the .com but I would recommend using .com as your main page and get everything redirected to that.

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