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The phrase has an accented letter 'a', and I have the option of buying with an accent or without an accent.
Which should I buy?
My two considerations (and feel free to add to this list) are:
2. type-in traffic
For #2, a local has told me that people here are used to typing in domains without accents. But that could change.
I look forward to your help and advice! Thanks!
I don't think that Google searches differentiate, though Google.es just might.
People may be 'used to' typing in non-accented terms; but that's not quite the point; the point is, what's their preference? Because you don't want a Spanish site that people think is illiterate, do you? ;)
A bigger issue for you is stopping a rival setting up against you with a potentially very similar name. So buy both.
The more I think about it, two is too many. Even one is too many. At $40 a pop, for a small latin market, it doesn't look promising that I'll make a return on the investment -- even the cost of the domain name.
I appreciate your thoughts anyway :-)
If I were you, I would buy the domains but keep them on hold, using at the moment the good old English alphabet dot com and 301ing to the IDNs once the issues have been sorted.
Hope that helps.