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How to use the .co.uk equivalent to a .com

     
12:31 pm on Feb 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

I own a domain (a .com ) as the content suites a worldwide ordiance and is suitable globally. I also bought the .co.uk variant which I do nothing with, I just bought it so nobody else could.

My question is, the.co.uk domain, is there anything I could do with it? any sort of redirect? would that harm the main site. Im really unsure if I should use it or just let it stay as it is.

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Al
2:54 pm on Feb 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

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If you don't have content specific to your UK audience (that you don't have on your .com) then you could build out the .co.uk and offer your visitors a small flag/link to your .co.uk site.

If not, just redirect the .co.uk. from the registrar. It won't get indexed, won't hurt your .com, but will redirect anyone who may happen to type in the .co.uk directly.

Good idea to purchase the .co.uk, BTW...
3:49 pm on Feb 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Convergence, I think ill setup the registrar redirect, you may be onto something with the UK side of things if I decide to offer Uk specific services / affiliation.

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4:51 pm on Feb 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Make sure it's a 301 redirect, not a 302.

It's also preferable to be a site-wide redirect with a 1:1 page relationship rather than a redirect of all .co.uk pages to .com root, or worse still, a redirect for only the .co.uk root.
4:25 am on Feb 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

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@g1smd

From the registrar it's the .co.uk domain to the home page of the .com (or any page you desire but the index page is best). Since the .co.uk domain will never be indexed (and never has been) there is no need, nor any problems, redirecting...