.com or .uk for local UK site?

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  1. BallsLikePlanets

    BallsLikePlanets Registered Member

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    This might be obvious but you never know:

    I'm going to build a local UK site, should I pick a .co.uk domain or does Google still prefer to rank .com domains even if the site's targetting a UK audience?

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    Yea co.uk is always going to be better - I don't know if it will make any difference in terms of SEO but its going to look better to your visitors if they are in the UK - will automatically build more trust.
     
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    TLD extensions is not important. Sometimes it will be boring to type.
    If you want to keep uk phrase then marge it with .com. Example: serviceuk.com instead of service.co.uk

    Google is looking for fresh contents now-a-days not tld.
     
  5. Duffers5000

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    UK local site then its .co.uk.

    If the other domains were available I would buy them to stop someone else having them but if its local UK only then its .co.uk only.
     
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    itsromanorc Power Member

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    Or buy a (.com) and (co.uk) and build your site on the (.com) domain and redirect from the (co.uk)
     
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    I am currently ranking .com and .co.uk's fine on Google for UK sites. Just make sure you set the preference in Google web master tools.
     
  9. BallsLikePlanets

    BallsLikePlanets Registered Member

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    Thanks people, much appreciated
     
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    I suggest go with co.uk that will be easy to rank locally.
     
  11. danno

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    You can use either but I prefer .co.uk when my site is for UK customers as it seems more targetted. Either will rank well though.
     
  12. HeadOfSeo

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    Yes,obviously you need co.uk for easy to rank on Google and uk local customer love to read/buy from co.uk domain.So my choice is co.uk
     
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    People expect .co.uk when typing a uk-based address but you should also have the .com (has been said before, just adding another voice...). Personally I wouldn't bother with the .uk - I have never, ever visited a .uk site (though of course that might change) and wouldn't think to type it. Having said that, if you expect a fair amount of foreign traffic it could be worth it since they might not know that .co.uk is the norm. And having said *that*, those people would likely try .com
     
  14. nu2000

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    the .co.uk is more reliable.
     
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    You should use .co.uk. It will better because locally it is easy to ranked.
     
  16. tg01

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    I would recommend using a .co.uk domain for UK local searches, in the main they appear to rank easier to local searches. I would then register the .com and redirect it.