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Intl Seo Purposes: Au.domain.com Vs Domain.com.au ?


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#1 olimits7

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 10:38 AM

Hi,

For intl SEO purposes; what setup is better to have? Just using a sub-domain (e.g. au.domain.com) for specific countries or using country specific domain extension (e.g. domain.com.au)?

I was leaning towards using "domain.com.au" then redirecting this domain to my "au.domain.com" site...thoughts?

Thank you!



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Posted 21 February 2014 - 10:49 AM

 

For intl SEO purposes; what setup is better to have? Just using a sub-domain (e.g. au.domain.com) for specific countries or using country specific domain extension (e.g. domain.com.au)?

 

 

Yes!



#3 Michael Martinez

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 11:10 AM

Unless you are in Australia or doing licensed business in Australia you cannot register a .com.au domain; in which case you would have to go with the subdomain.

#4 olimits7

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 11:11 AM

Hi,

 

Thank you for the reply!

 

Yes to using the sub-domain or the country specific domain?



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Posted 22 February 2014 - 09:50 AM

Yes to either, .... or both.

 

It's simply NOT a SEO concern.



#6 Mikl

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Posted 22 February 2014 - 10:50 AM

I don't get the question. If it you are interested in international SEO, surely you wouldn't want the au at all. If the au is relevant at all, it would only be if the site was Australia-specific. If your audience is truly international, why would you want a country-specific domain?

 

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#7 MattsBackpack

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 08:00 PM

It doesn't really matter either way, as long as you're consistent with it.

 

I've worked on projects that have done it both ways and never had any problems with either solution.

 

Make sure you get all the HREFLANG and everything implemented right and you should be fine.

 

Subdomains are treated as completely seperate sites anyway, so they're both pretty much the same thing from an SEO point of view






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