rencke - 10:29 am on Apr 27, 2006 (gmt 0)
Local domains will often get extra weight and therefore rank higher in national versions of the major search engines, so if you are targeting European countries it is usually a good idea to have a local domain. This is particularly true if people select the local language or local domain options in Google. There is a price tag involved here, so a cheaper way is to use .com (not .net or .org). The really important factor is still language.