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Multiple Country Domain names

SEO capabilities of multiple or single country domain name registrations

   
9:35 am on Apr 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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We are in the process of reviewing our domain names and would like to find out what domain registrations would be optimal for SEO:

1. Single domain name with country affixiation - e.g. company.com/country
2. Multiple country domain names - e.g. company.co.nl, company.co.uk, etc.

For a global company, is it worthwhile to register a domain names in every country?

11:16 am on Apr 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I think, that you can only buy domain names from a country if you have a registered address there. You basically have to live in that country where you want to buy the domain name. I cant buy a .de domain because i dont live in germany.

I believe thats how it works, although i'm not sure how google does it or any other of the big players that have domain names for each country.

Buying a domain name for each country is going to very expensive, and how you going to determine which url to show to the user? People use proxies and other security related things to hide where they really are.

If you have the one domain name have a general home page and get the person to click on their country and send them to -
example.com/country

hope that helps

:)

11:27 am on Apr 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thank you, it does help:-)
8:44 pm on Apr 4, 2008 (gmt 0)



I think, that you can only buy domain names from a country if you have a registered address there.

Nope, they all vary, some allow anyone to register, some insist on a local office presence (a service usually offered by the registration company if you have no country presence), some, such as .asia, insist on one of the people being from that region and actually demand a passport or ID number.

For instance registering a .us is not a problem however it has to use a US server.

There are some companies specialising in registering many different country domains however you will pay heavily for that service compared to doing it yourself.

Supposedly for SEO purposes the TLD makes no difference according to Google. Certainly I do not seem to have any problems with this although one .in is MIA at the moment with the Dewey update. Yahoo! and Live rankings are no problem either.

For a global company, is it worthwhile to register a domain names in every country?

Could be if you want to register 200+ domains names to ensure no one else has it however a truly global company is usually trademark protected!

I tell you an interesting one to look at, search for black and decker europe and see what they've done.

12:00 pm on Apr 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

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for .cat domain they ask you to have the content in the local language or have local culture and the charge 90$ a year!

i have read in some forums that .cat domains are not getting even indexed by google!

2:43 pm on Apr 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Search for example domain registration .com.br
there you can find some registrars that can give you the complete service
4:26 pm on Apr 30, 2008 (gmt 0)



i have read in some forums that .cat domains are not getting even indexed by google!

Just searching for .cat domains and the, I presume official, .cat site comes in 2nd behind Wikipedia.

Maybe no one's trying to promote their .cat site heavily to the English Google sites but searching for a .cat is quite difficult with all the feline cat sites and Caterpiller site however using Google.es and using Spanish several .cat sites are returned in the SERPs.

5:42 pm on Apr 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

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that is good news for me as i have a couple of .cat sites :)
8:20 pm on Jun 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Google make difference if you have the local TLD
for example in google.cl there are diferent resoults than in google.com and in google.com.br

and of course if the client is in Brazil he search in google.com.br and he have the option for only .com.br domains in the resoult.
Then if your clients are from the world take the TLD from the most important country. make test in google.co.uk