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.UK or .CO.UK ?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by testyy, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. testyy

    testyy Regular Member

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    Well the penguin update is causing me to abandom my .com extension. I have now the option of registering .co.uk or .uk. Which one should I pick? I will register both, but only rank 1. My .com traffic is 99% from the UK.

    What would you register/click on?
     
  2. lord1027

    lord1027 Elite Member

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    I prefer the UK, but I know it's pretty new, so I have no idea how it is in terms of ranking.
     
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  3. testyy

    testyy Regular Member

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    I actually think it should rank better since it is a top level domain as opposed to second. No proof though
     
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    Both are TLD, the .uk is just new and if you own .co.uk, you are privileged to register also the .uk, so it might be better to go for the .co.uk as it's more established. If you google in google uk, you will currently mostly find .co.uk and .org.uk at top rankings.

    Cheers
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  5. mastersteven

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    Both are perfect! but UK more perfect!!!
     
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    rank the co.uk and redirect the .uk to it
     
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    Wow, i didn't even know .uk even existed. I beleive people are mostly used to the co.uk so it might be better for the eye.
     
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    yeaaa ajpis is right. rank the co.uk and redirect the uk to your co.uk . as you said if you are going wfor both
     
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  9. testyy

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    I'm kinda tempted to go with .UK, but the reason I wanna go with .co.uk is to go blackhat, then if I get slapped I can always do .uk and go whitehatish?
     
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    You can only register the .uk if you have owned the .com .co.uk .org.uk .me.uk and a few other domain extensions before a certain date. Not sure what the date is, if you did not register before this certain date the .uk domain is on reserved till 2019 for the people who did register before this certain date.

    Here is what Godaddy says about it

    The registry has reserved these .uk domains for anyone who registered the matching .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .ltd.uk, .plc.uk domains before June 10, 2014. Those registrants have until June 10, 2019 to claim their .uk domain.
     
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    testyy Regular Member

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    I can register both, which one would you go for?
     
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    As many have said before, the .co.uk is better known, so I would as well redirect the .uk to the .co.uk.

    (Aka get both, use .co.uk as the sites domain and redirect the .uk to the .co.uk)
     
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  13. mickyfu

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    As above, I would register both, however I would not redirect the .uk, I would just leave it sitting around for a rainy day.
     
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    I prefer .uk domain
     
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  16. lord1027

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    This is actually the best tip, forget about redirecting, you don't know when your website might get burnt again.
     
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    I like .UK. So i would like to suggest to go with .UK domain.
     
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    A side issue but the godaddy info referred to above is not very accurate.
    .co.uk has priority over all other domains in giving you the rights to register the .uk if the .co.uk was registered before June 2014.

    I appreciate this is irrelevant to the OP but as it's been mentioned i thought i would clarify that.

    I haven't seen any .uk ranking but that's because it hasn't taken off at all rather than because it's harder to rank. I think the domain extension means little for ranking purposes and makes little difference for people clicking through.
    I have a .me.uk that ranks well and gets lots of visitors for its serp.

    so for me it doesn't matter which you go for. i guess in maybe 5 or 10 years .uk will have become more popular.
     
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    Most of my clients are from UK. I can tell you .co.uk rank faster as compare to .uk.
     
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  20. bimbimpr

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    today i prefer .uk
     
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