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I've had a little idea for a new website and was having a look at .com.au domain names last night. However, I soon found out I was pretty much ineligible to get one as I don't have a business premises there and the obvious point that the domain i want is taken, although not in use.
Then I came across a company offering .au.com domains which was a new one on me. I have seen .uk.com domains before and so I guess others like this exists as well. (I even seem to remember seeing .gb.net domains, but you'd have to be getting desperate).
Has anyone had any luck with these? I imagine they aren't as well known as .com.au and when i see a .uk.com, i never think of it as being on the same level as .co.uk, as it is well known and makes .uk.com appear second best (which it is).
What is different though is that .au.com is the exact reverse of .com.au, so I could imagine if someone told there mate to check out my websiet using www.domain.au.com he may very well go and type in www.domain.com.au unless he is knowledgeable on the subject.
Has anyone got any thoughts?
You're building a site and you can't afford $10 for a real name or is it that ALL the names you want are seemingly taken?
Not at all. The reason is simply that it is nigh on impossible for anyone outside of Australia without any kind of existing Australian relations to register a .com.au whereas anyone can register .au.com. The name I want is taken, but there are others available with .com.au's, but it's hard t register them.
I think i'll probably just leave it and see if there is someway i could register one in the future.
The reason is simply that it is nigh on impossible for anyone outside of Australia without any kind of existing Australian relations to register a .com.au whereas anyone can register .au.com.
Presumably you wish to target the Australian market?
You are concerned about SERPs rankings in google.com.au?
Then why not have a standard .com/biz/info/whatever and host the domain in Australia?
Or are you trying to deceive the average surfer into believing you are actually an Australian business?
Google will probably pick up on .com.au's hosted outside of Australia however if you want to make doubly sure you should have it hosted in Australia.
I've checked some of my own SERPs results for "pages from Australia" and they definitely display Ozzie results, many with com.au however also several Australian companies ranking highly with .com and .info.
Methinks you need to consider your business plan a bit more in depth:-)