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Which Domain for Best SEO

Discussion in 'Domain Names' started by ghosty86, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. #1
    Hi,

    Which domain would you choose for the best SEO if you were a UK company and had the choice -

    www.companyname.co.uk
    www.company-name.co.uk
    www.companyname.com
    www.company-name.com

    Which would you choose and why?
     
    ghosty86, Oct 28, 2010 IP
  2. alman121

    alman121 Peon

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    #2
    www.company-name.co.uk I think this is the best domen for you if your company name is two words, that is good for SEO ( - ) and co.uk - becouse if you are from UK
     
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  3. Mystique

    Mystique Well-Known Member

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    #3
    I would choose www.companyname.com for obvious reasons, COM is the first bet of surfers for a given name, then I would choose www.companyname.co.uk if my company would be targeting Great Britain audience or I'm based in the UK and want to make sure everybody kknows my company background.

    I would left www.company-name.com as third option, just in case my non-hyphenated name is already taken, and the very last would be www.company-name.co.uk for similar reason.
     
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  4. Cheat

    Cheat Peon

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    #4
    Get them all for brand protection: .COM / .CO / .CO.UK
    If your more serous about it, i would recommend to get the .NET / .ORG / .INFO / .BIZ / .US ...ect
     
    Cheat, Oct 28, 2010 IP
  5. ghosty86

    ghosty86 Peon

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    If I had all of the domains and wanted to redirect them all to 1 main domain which would you suggest?
     
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  6. Cheat

    Cheat Peon

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    #6
    It depends of your business, wikipedia have .org as the main domain extension, others are proud of their country code over anything else and others have .me and .tv for domain hack purpose (ex: watch.tv click.me) and many choose .com just because of it's popularity.
     
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  7. flexluther

    flexluther Well-Known Member

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    #7
    I would personally go for .com then .org and .net in that order. If I was targeting the UK I would take .co.uk as well but to be honest you could geotarget anyway. You only have to look at the page ones and they are mostly .com's so stick with that :)
     
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  8. SEOnotion

    SEOnotion Greenhorn

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    #8
    If I am uk Company and my target audience is British people then i will choose companyname.co.uk and else i will choose companyname.com..
    For SEO service visit seonotion.com and Cheap domain and Hosting solution refer webhostingnotion.com
     
    SEOnotion, Oct 28, 2010 IP
  9. jezzz

    jezzz Notable Member

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    Go with No.1 because it is hyphen free also gives better preference for SEO
     
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  10. dlatua

    dlatua Well-Known Member

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    companyname.co.uk
    companyname.com

    get these both and redirect the .com to .co.uk
     
    dlatua, Oct 28, 2010 IP
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    ~~~~ Well-Known Member

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    .co.uk if you wish to target the UK market :)
    .com otherwise
     
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  12. jasontn

    jasontn Well-Known Member

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    #12
    The domain extension doesn't mean anything for SEO (based on examples I've looked at). The important thing is the hosting. If your targeting the UK then get UK hosting but if your targeting the US (for example) then get US hosting. I've seen real examples where sites with UK hosting don't rank well on Google.com but rank well on Google.co.uk
     
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    ~~~~ Well-Known Member

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    Thats something new to learn for me.
    But how often do people type google.co.uk? Don't they directly go to .com!?
     
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  14. Cheat

    Cheat Peon

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    Here in canada, each time i go to google.com, it forwards me to google.ca
     
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    ~~~~ Well-Known Member

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    Doesnt happen with me, i am in india!?
     
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  16. shags38

    shags38 Peon

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    #16
    if the dot com was registered in the U.K. then Google will be aware of that and hence it will rank fairly well under U.K. names only search as well as .co.uk extensions - here is what I would do (and have done witha couple of my sites already and about to do to about 3 more) - make .com AND .co.uk live - BOTH OF THEM - they can be EXACTLY the same content without comprimising Google duplicate content rules (because they are different TLDs) - if e-commerce sites you can use BP on the UK site and USD on the dot com site - modify certain content to reflect local and global markets - if using affiliates (Amazon for example) you can set one site up with local affiliates and the other with U.S. or Global affiliates.

    As I said, I have done it with a few sites and it works very well - double hosting costs but much better than redirecting one site - SEO and Site Development is duplicated so one lot of time and effort for 2 sites (with some individual tweaking).

    I have only just joined this site so I have no signature - when I have my 10 posts up I will have some of those sites in my signature - I hope this doesn't break forum rules but try this - 3DFOX3D dot com and 3DFOX3D dot co dot uk. I have only been building sites (for myself) for about 6 months so I am still a backyarder per se but the principal works well.

    cheers,
    Mike
     
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  17. neteater

    neteater Well-Known Member

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    it happens g redirect u to google .co .in u may check
     
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  18. Cheat

    Cheat Peon

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    You need you clear your browsing data:

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  19. jasontn

    jasontn Well-Known Member

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    #19
    Actually, if a site is registered in the US and has hosting in the UK then it's considered a UK site. It will rank better in the UK.
     
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    Go with the .com if you ever are going to possibly expand outside the UK. Either way make sure you register all of the popular extensions.
     
    Psalm49, Nov 1, 2010 IP