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I am also wondering about place names, names of suburbs for eg., how do they register these names when such a name cannot be registered with the government business names registration? I see lots of names in this category and woinder how they do this.
thanks for help with these items
There are many pros for just having a .com name instead of a .com.au. as CHC says
1. you dont need to have a registered business
2. Cheaper all the way, in registration, hosting & yearly fees.
3. Less bull to get through, in the way of ABN's, registration papers etc.
4. Quicker.....I can have a site up today if I have a .com name......not a few days time waiting for .com.au
5. Support.....I can post a Question late at night and wake up next morning to find it resolved.
OK I got carried away there, but it has happenned to me many times.
Try finding a town name available nowadays, they have all been snapped up as .coms
Cheers from the Northern Territory Outback
For someone starting out this could mean the difference between getting listed, especially on government databases where your work folio can be seen, could be as simple as au.
Seems a little fascist but that's the way it is. Also, Google has that australian search facility which could mean I don't appear in such geo searches.
I'd be interested in your thoughts on these issues.
Having said that, as has already been said, a lot of Australians register .coms simply because they are easier and cheaper. The only reason I can see, apart from possible legal ones, for having a .com.au is if you are specifically targetting the Australian market and therefor need to ensure top listings in Australian SEs that filter by domain/host/owner such as AltaVista.com.au and Google.com.au/Anzwers.com.au.
Hope this helps
2. Domain names in the com.au 2LD must:
c) be otherwise closely and substantially connected to the registrant, because the domain name refers to.
(i) a product that the registrant manufactures or sells; or
(ii) a service that the registrant provides; or
(iii) an event that the registrant organises or sponsors; or
(iv) an activity that the registrant facilitates, teaches or trains; or
(v) a venue that the registrant operates; or
(vi) a profession that the registrant's employees practise.