.com.au or .com for Oz website?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Tana, Jan 31, 2007.

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    Tana Guest

    This may have been asked before so please just give me details of
    archive if it has.
    If not, I want to register a domain name and I see it costs less to
    register a .com for 2 yrs than .com.au
    What are the down sides to making it a .com even though I live in Australia.
    Tana, Jan 31, 2007
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    Joel Mayes Guest

    When I do a search I look at the domain name before clicking on a
    result, if I'm after Australian specific info I'll click on a .com.au
    before a .com everytime.


    Joel Mayes, Jan 31, 2007
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  3. The downside can be that people might no realize it's an Oz site when
    searching. But if the site is clear about what and where it is then it
    doesn't matter much. I use a .com as it was just cheaper and easier at the
    time - I registered it many years ago... It's bcs4me.com, but note on the
    border collie page, bcs4me.com/abc I made it a bit obvious that is was
    Tim Fairchild, Jan 31, 2007
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    Falkon Guest

    An Australian specific google search will still pick up dot.com sites
    provided the site is hosted in Australia.
    Falkon, Jan 31, 2007
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    Fred Guest

    IMHO the .au domains can be purchased cheaply enough these days as
    illustrated by http://whatsinaname.com.au/ that making the decision on price
    is less of a factor than it used to be.
    Fred, Jan 31, 2007
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    rebel Guest

    On occasion I revisit a site after a long period, and if I know it is a (for
    instance) oz site I may try to locate it through Google, and restrict my search
    by specifying "domain: .au".

    The counter side, as others have mentioned, is that first-timers may assume you
    are a ferkin-merkin unless your home page is quite specific.

    But if your desired sitename.com is available and the .com.au isn't, go with the
    name you want. That's probably more important.
    rebel, Jan 31, 2007
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    Falkon Guest

    Yes but how many people venture into advanced search when they can
    simply click the button on the main page to search Australia only.
    Falkon, Jan 31, 2007
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    rebel Guest

    not in Google advanced search using "domain: .au"
    rebel, Jan 31, 2007
  9. I was assuming that if it was for a business then the price wouldn't be a
    big issue. When it's a private site the bucks matter more.
    Tim Fairchild, Jan 31, 2007
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    Phred Guest

    I usually use "site:.au" and that works for Oz sites -- but I can't
    say I've noticed whether it picks up plain .com sites hosted here.

    Cheers, Phred.
    Phred, Jan 31, 2007
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    Tana Guest

    Thanks for very helpful comments.
    It is for a new business where I want sell to both Oz and the world.
    Tana, Jan 31, 2007
  12. Even with a business, and if it's for local and international, I'd still go
    with a .com. I don't think it make a big difference to people searching. If
    the biz does well you might want to register .com and .com.au

    Either way, it doesn't matter a lot IMO.
    Tim Fairchild, Feb 1, 2007
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