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I run a tourism website on a popular destination in New Zealand.
I own both mywebsite.co.nz and mywebsite.com.
Currently .com 301s to .co.nz.
The site has been running for 6 months but so far the site doesn't come up in Google for the main keyword at all, but comes up first for other terms (sandbox, me thinks). In search.xtramsn.co.nz (NZ's MSN search), my site bounces around between 1st and 2nd for the main keyword, but comes up on the third page on search.msn.com.
As far as MSN goes, I think I may have been better off sticking to .com, as search.msn.com would have many more users than search.xtramsn.co.nz.
What are your opinions and experiences?
Besides, with G, Yahoo and MSN "localising", best to get in now.
My primary site is a travel site to a very popular Aussie destination. I have 5 DNs (3x .com.au, a dotnet and a .co.nz) all parked and pointed to my primary .com.au server. Google still seems to find them even without me submitting them, and no penalty I can detect.)
It's a travel/tourist destination in Middle Earth. People will be expecting a .co.nz DN! Set it FREE! ;)
The domain extension doesn't qualify anymore, well not from my angle either .net.com.org or any other extrension is acceptable in Google.
[edited by: Woz at 2:22 am (utc) on Feb. 14, 2006]
[edit reason] Tidying Up [/edit]
go the .co.nz TLD and keep the other 301ed. Perhaps down the track redevelop the .com to a more international site (still based on your destination..)- depending upon where the main source of traffic is derived from - ie, US or UK spellings etc.
Also if your ranking in msn your prob on the right track to getting into Google. Keep building links and be patient.