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Is a.com OK for UK traffic - or is a .co.uk domain better?

     
12:40 pm on Sep 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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hi

what are peoples opinions about country code domains. i can register an excellent .com or a very good .co.uk domain. its for uk only traffic. what are peoples opinions as far as google seo?

thanks in advance
2:08 pm on Sept 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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As long as you set the GEO target to the country you want to target within webmaster tools you will be fine with a .com
2:24 pm on Sept 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Get both redirect the .com to the .co.uk..if your customers are Brits..they'll probably prefer the .co.uk..
2:25 pm on Sept 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Buy both and point the .com at the .co.uk.

The game has definitely changed in the last couple of years and .co.uks definitely rank better than .coms, in fact I have had to duplicate my 17 year old .com on to my .co.uk since I lost so much UK traffic whilst still doing well outside of the UK.

The most annoying thing is that I sometimes see US .coms in the UK SERPs that don't have a chance in hell in supplying my widgets because we supply them!

Overall the .co.uk SERPs have been in quite a mess for 18-24 months now and I do not see them getting any better.

To test which works best log-out of personalisation, clear your cache etc and then type in a few keywords etc and see what comes up. In my widget sector it is dominated by .co.uks these days.
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Hahaha...See, me and Leo agree:-)
8:11 pm on Sept 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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thanks guys, i'll do what you say and buy both.
8:14 pm on Sept 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Er..get the .co <= that is the dotco while you are there..

I don't buy as many TLDs each time I reg' a new domain name as Husky does ( he deals with more countries )..but IMO / IME, the dot co is worth getting..it's too close to the other two that you want, to leave it "hanging" out there..
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The UK is definitely ccTLD positive (more ccTLD domains than gTLD domains registered in the market). The ratio is probably about 2.5:1 in favour of .uk. Get the .com as well but make sure it redirects to the .co.uk domain name. Ditto for the .co domain. The .co ccTLD is mainly a US domainer phenomenon but in the last web survey of .co websites I ran, the percentage of websites redirecting to the owner's primary website in a TLD outside of .co was actually higher than that of the percentage of developed .co websites. Registering the .co is probably cheaper than a UDRP action.

Regards...jmcc