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com or org.uk if target UK and co.uk is already taken?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by todor, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. todor

    todor Regular Member

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    Hi,
    my keyword traffic comes only from UK, so I want to target my domain to UK.

    I know that if you want to target a country, the most important is:
    - the ccTLD like co.uk, de, fr...
    - IP of the host.
    - geo locator in your webmaster tools.

    So, the easiest to adjust is webmaster tools geo locator, the IP of my shared hosting is USA and what about the domain (exact match) - com or org.uk (co.uk is not available)

    I haven't heard anything about org.uk... do you have any experience with it?

    What would you do in this case?
     
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    oxonbeef BANNED BANNED

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    Unless you are an organization I would go for the .com or even .co over the .org.
     
  3. Ziloo

    Ziloo Junior Member

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    oxonbeef BANNED BANNED

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    Good reminder.
     
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    wholesalereplica BANNED BANNED

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    this is exactly the data I have been looking for

    so if the say .co.uk is gone by doing the above you would still rank well for the keyword? and this theoretically would work with all extensions? .de, .nl , .fr etc ?

    this would be great to know as I am looking at buying domains like that pretty soon


    also would it make a difference keyword-uk.com or keyword-uk.co.uk do the dashes make a difference?
    thanks
     
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  6. todor

    todor Regular Member

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    Well, isn't it better as long as I have to add some letters to my keyword (as you suggest), to go directly for co.uk?

    Like: mykeyworduk.co.uk

    Because according to the rule, the TLD extension has stronger impact, than just adding the country code in the domain name.
     
  7. Ziloo

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    My [keyword]UK.com is ranking higher than the [keyword].co.uk website, and is much more visible on Google UK probably due to setting the target audience to UK from Google Webmasters. Since the server is based in USA, the only thing connecting it to the UK audience is the Webmaster's setting.

    I run an Amazon affiliate store, and it is #1 in Google UK for this certain niche.

    An good thing to note also: people tend to search for products with "UK" at the end, because they don't want to get swamped with products and shops from the US. I'm not sure if this applies for your keyword, but it means I'm not only #1 for [keyword], but also "[keyword] UK".

    I could have taken [keyword]UK.co.uk, but to me it seemed like I was stuffing "UK" in there a bit too much for it look nice to the audience.
     
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  8. todor

    todor Regular Member

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    Zillo, thanks mate! I got your suggestion and just bought mykeywordUK.com

    Will see what will happen...

    BTW My niche is related to Clothing/Shoes, but I haven't decided how to monetize this website yet. I've never used Amazon, are you happy from your site that is #1 and Amazon. Do you make good money?
     
  9. Ziloo

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    No prob, this particular site is making around £400 a month, due to grow shortly just out of chance (a new product soon to be released which my site will also be able to cater for). The site is built with a script called Associate-O-Matic.

    Good luck, I've built a quite a few Amazon stores and only a couple of them have actually been worth my time. Don't give up at the first hurdle ;)