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Question about .com and .co.uk

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by crackarama, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. crackarama

    crackarama Regular Member

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    Ok so this might be a silly question. I live in the uk and im looking at domains for a site that will be mainly targeting Uk traffic. Say as an example i was gonna use the keyword umbrella. I could buy umbrella.com or umbrella.co.uk. If a UK user types umbrella into google then would google give any preference to .com or .co.uk? Or would it simply display whatever one had the higher ranking?

    Hope this made sense
     
  2. lancis

    lancis Elite Member

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    .co.uk ranks better for searches made on google.co.uk. You will need to invest much more into .com to rank it there.
     
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    TheUnborn Elite Member

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    Yes use .co.uk if your main target is UK Traffic
     
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    welly_59 Power Member

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    if you do buy a .com then use webmaster tools to geo-target the uk, also put a geo-region meta tag in your header
     
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    BuyRealTraffic Registered Member

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    I recommend to take .com if your site targeted not only UK or for now your website can target UK but in future it is easier to be international with .com domain.
     
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    Go for .co.uk if you are targeting UK market, i would also advice you to host your uk site on uk based server.
     
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    CCTLDs do not matter much, its the way how you optimize your on page settings e.g.

    DomainA.com has title (Buy Umbrella in UK), with PR 2
    and DomainB.com has title (Buy Umbrella), with PR 3

    if a user searches a term umbrella in UK, google will show DomainA.com coz it is optimized for UK otherwise Domain B will be shown.
     
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    if you want uk traffic .co.uk would be better for you.
     
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    Probably should go with co.uk , i think google uk favors these more
     
  10. crackarama

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    Bit surprised at that as i thought .com would have been better. Shows how much i know. Thanks guys. Iv been more interested in quick methods to make cash but finding they never last long so learning seo properly in the hope of building a long term income
     
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    The SEO Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Google.co.uk = Domain should be in .co.uk
    For:
    Google.com = Domain should be .com
     
  12. Asif WILSON Khan

    Asif WILSON Khan Executive VIP Premium Member

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    I usually buy both the .co.uk and the .com. and redirect the one I am not targeting.
     
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    Go for .co.uk if you are targeting that geographic area.
     
  14. RedMango

    RedMango Power Member

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    In my opinion, it doesn't matter. I buy aged domains, brand new domains (info, net, org.uk, co.uk, com) and it doesn't matter. What REALLY matters is if you optimise it properly and do some bitching link building.
     
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    On the whole I don't think google favours .com or .co.uk. This is my experience and the kind of advice you're likely to get at webmasterworld. Google knows that lots of uk companies use .com. Google pays far more attention imho as to where your site is hosted.
    HOWEVER: independent studies show that people in the uk are more likely to click on a .co.uk result than .com unless they know the brand - so UK searchers are more likely to click niceumbrellas. co.uk than niceumbrellas. com
    IF though you do want to pick up some non uk traffic, people overseas are LESS likely to click co uk

    Edit: At the end of the day your content and seo is going to be far more important in serps than if you use com or co uk
     
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    It really shouldnt matter but from my experience for UK traffic i usually get better results with a .co.uk domain.
     
  17. crackarama

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    Honestly wasnt aware the location of your host played any part so thats something il go look at now too. Anyone recommend any good uk hosting?