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Canadian business .com or .ca ?

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

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

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Buy both..redirect the .ca to the .com..
9:58 am on May 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

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if you are using a gTLD such as .com you can also specify your "Geographic target" in the GWT configuration settings.
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.
8:04 pm on May 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Huh. The OP specifically said Canadian, so I'd have thought .ca as the primary.
8:16 pm on May 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

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

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"Primary", not "only".

How 'bout we tell Quebec they can have their own country-- but only if they give back Nunavik?
8:48 pm on May 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

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

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

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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.
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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