Foreign domain names

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by slipper, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. slipper macrumors 68000

    slipper

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    I am planning to start a travel agency to my adopted home country outside of the US. I have a few domain names i was thinking of purchasing. The main one is a .com which i feel is the best for my business. However it is for sale at a price that i feel is quite high. The other one is the exact same name but using the domain of the foreign country which is currently available. Of course i prefer the .com because its the big poppa of all domains. My question is, does having a foreign domain place less priority in Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc when searched from the US or any other country foreign to that domain?
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    I've never read anything that would lead me to believe the search engines use the domain extension as a way to judge ranking.
     
  3. oblomow macrumors 68020

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    But they do. I built a new web infrastructure for a company in the Ukrain. They specially required that the servers would stay in the Ukrain ( and thus the ip ranges assigned to ukrainian providers ) otherwise their ratings (for users looking for their specific market in the ukrain) would go down.
     
  4. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Whose "they?" We're talking about search engines, not hosts.
     
  5. cube macrumors G5

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    If you go to the Google page at other domains, it allows you to restrict searches to that country. That's what people use when searching for product/services locally.
     
  6. slipper thread starter macrumors 68000

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    In regards to oblomows situation, I really do not expect much business in the specific foreign country. I expect almost 50% of the visitors to the site will come from the US and the other 50% from random countries but a very small percentage from the country of the domain. My host will be godaddy.
     
  7. oblomow macrumors 68020

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    Sorry, I meant the googles of this world. This clients search engine ratings would go down if they moved the servers to another country.
     
  8. slipper thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So what you're saying is, as long as i keep my host as GoDaddy which is based in the US i should be good?
     
  9. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

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    Do you not think it's potentially misleading or confusing to have a foreign suffix? It would lead me to believe that's where you were based.
     
  10. slipper thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Do you think it's misleading? I never crossed my mind at all. After all currently i am there 2-3 times a year and the service pertains to that area.
     

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