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.net or .org.uk for a UK audience?

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  1. scottmccloud

    scottmccloud Active Member

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    There's a couple of domains I'm looking at that have just the .net and the .org.uk available.

    I want to develop the said domains for a UK audience, I'm just wondering which would be the best to develop, the .org.uk or the .net? I know that .org.uk can rank very well, but I'm not sure about the .net when dealing with a site that is specific to the UK.

    Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Scott
     
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  3. buffalo

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    If you're going to be targeting a UK audience I would probably go with the org.uk.

    Also you would get two years registration rather than just the one with the net extension.
     
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    .nets can be a bit of a fiddle to rank in the early days (set location in webmaster tools, host on a UK domain, get at least some .co.uk/.org.uk links, put a UK address on your content page and then wait...) but once established they do just as well - same for .com and .org
     
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    Edwin Well-Known Member Exclusive Member

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    Neither is great, but .org.uk is probably the least worst of the 2 if you're targetting the UK exclusively.
     
  6. namdas

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    That depends really - if the .co.uk and .com are unavailable (not just taken but impossible to buy) and a .net, .org or .org.uk means you can rank where you otherwise may not be able to get significant link diversity on a realistic budget.. and you're not planning to advertise in offline media.. well then they're pretty awesome, really :)
     
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    If you are purely targeting search traffic I'd nearly always go for the .org.uk personally.
     
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    GreyWing Retired Member

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    As others have said.. org.uk is probably the least worst option.
     
  9. scottmccloud

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    Thanks, looks like it's the .org.uk. Advice much appreciated.
     
  10. FagEnd

    FagEnd Banned

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    Get both.
    I threw together www.WhiskyDecanters.net a couple of months ago, not expecting much for UK serps, even tried to flog it for £25 on here unsuccessfully. It's still page 1 on google for "whisky decanters" and made some healthy sales on amazon UK. I've not even optimised the title or description meta tags, looks very bare in the google listing :)

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    It's above the .com
     
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  11. mattwoodywood

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    I have had some success with the .org.uk . A .net isn't really worth thinking about! Good luck.
     
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    Bit off topic but I like the way you've done that site. I used the magazine basic theme to make crackedscreen org a while ago. As you can see its quite different than yours, just shows you how good the theme is :)
     
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