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Changing Domains

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#1 louandel


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Posted 21 February 2009 - 07:17 AM


The my current site is a co.uk. It is a hobby site for cat lovers. I have this weird idea that a .com site is more likely to be picked up by a wider audience. i.e. outside of the uk and more internationally. Is this likely?



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Posted 21 February 2009 - 12:45 PM

It's not a weird idea at all! tongue.gif

At the end of the day, a US resident will be more likely to visit US and international domains than a .co.uk...etc. The same applies to a UK resident and an Australian domain.

Also, you may find that the site won't rank as highly for people searching in countries other than the UK. Google knows where the website is hosted, what part of the world the domain belongs to, and also where the majority of links come from. I bought an expired .com site that had all it's links from Australian sites & for the life of me couldn't get it to rank anywhere other than the Australian Google search.

I'd go with .com & make sure you get plenty of links from various countries (mainly US & UK).



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Posted 21 February 2009 - 04:24 PM

Thanks. I think i will change to .com (and thats a good tip about the links.)

But when I change do I need to let google know in any way? Or Dmoz etc? Also, the .com domain has been hanging around for 6 months (no pages on it). will it take another 6 months before google catches up with it. In other words is the site likely to go missing for a bit? pr.gif

Thanks again


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Posted 22 February 2009 - 11:47 AM

If you're going to replace the .co.uk site with the .com site, you will want to 301 redirect all the old .co.uk pages to their corresponding .com pages.

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#5 Jill


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Posted 23 February 2009 - 12:43 PM

Please see our pinned thread and the others in the International SEM Issues Forum for more info on this topic. (Moving this one there as well.)

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