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How to choose a domain name for optimizing two countries?

 4:22 am on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

I was wondering to choose a website domain and optimizing that to two different countries.

For example:

If I want to optimize a website for .co.uk and .ie Search Engines then Do i want to buy two domain name?



 2:19 pm on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

You do know that purchasing a .ie has completely different rules to a .co.uk?


 2:33 pm on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

Actually I want to optimize one website for .co.uk and ie country. In this case how do we optimize?

Any Idea?


 2:45 pm on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

vancy, let's start with you stating "what you think" you ought to do to optimize the .co.uk site for the UK. Ditto the .ie site. We can add to or comment upon your existing ideas, which I trust you have in mind.

So, what is your initial strategic thinking? What do you think you will need to do to optimize for each individual country?


 3:06 pm on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yes. Of course, the .co.uk site for the UK and I wanted to keep only one Main Website, but that should be optimized for two countries (As I already listed .co.uk and .ie country).

If suppose I created a website like www.sample.co.uk domain extension to optimize for the UK Search Engine. The same website (www.sample.co.uk) can I bring in the Ireland Search Engine for targeted keywords in top positions?


 3:14 pm on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

vancy, have you studied sites that rank well in 2 or 3 countries?

Without naming names what did you learn?

Do the "country specific" sites have a significant number of inbound and authoritative links from other sites using the specific ccTLD?

Is the content of the ccTLD-A site specific to Country-A and the content of ccTLD-B site specific to Country-B?

Are the sites "hosted in country", i.e., one in A and the other in B?

Do the sites have actual business addresses - offices - in each country?

Do a bit of research ane report back what you find. I have some idea of what you will/may find but I'd like to know what you learn/discover by analyzing "successes that you would like to emulate/reproduce".


 3:15 pm on Jan 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

vancyborg - Do you have an Irish business or substantial and provable business connections with Ireland?


 4:50 am on Jan 7, 2010 (gmt 0)


We have substantial business with Ireland. so we would like to cover both countries.


 5:06 pm on Jan 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

Ok, realistically you should be asking this question in one of the search forums, the Google one is usually the best for this type of advice:


Actually I want to optimize one website for .co.uk and ie country.

I've never done this since all my sites are global, I think there is an option in WMT to specifically target the countries you want to.

Would you be better off with two sites, one for the UK and one for Ireland?


 6:16 pm on Jan 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yep, time to make a move.

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