Moving form .co.uk to .com - Best way?

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We are a UK agency and we have grown our .co.uk domain, it has rankings etc. However, we didn't want to focus on the UK market and we have managed to buy out the .com - so my question is, which will be best from now: leave the .co.uk live and allow it to focus on the UK, and grow .com separately, or kill .co.uk and move it all over to .com ?
And how will be the best way to move ahead with either? Appreciate the answers as we haven't really done this before and want to get it right
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    Or redirect the .com to .co.uk. That's also an option.


    Growing the .com separately will give you to assets.


    Killing the .co.uk, why kill something that's working? But, if you do, make sure you do the proper redirects.


    Why do you think the .com is a great advantage only if you put a site on it? Why do you think it is an advantage, period?


    A .com domain does not make you local to a US buyer. Does not scream UK, but does not make people not willing to work with a UK company any more willing to do so.


    Originally Posted by ps2home View Post

    We are a UK agency and we have grown our .co.uk domain, it has rankings etc. However, we didn't want to focus on the UK market and we have managed to buy out the .com - so my question is, which will be best from now: leave the .co.uk live and allow it to focus on the UK, and grow .com separately, or kill .co.uk and move it all over to .com ?
    And how will be the best way to move ahead with either? Appreciate the answers as we haven't really done this before and want to get it right
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  • Profile picture of the author littleguyhosting
    You want to maintain both domains!

    1. Park the .com to your hosting account.
    2. Change all .co.uk links to .com links
    3. use .htaccess to force .co.uk to .com
    4. Keep the .co.uk to keep all old links stored on the search engines active.
    5. <base href=""> points to the proper domain if it is indeed setup.

    With wordpress sites what I do is I dump the entire contents of the website's database into a .sql file.
    download the .sql file onto my computer
    create a copy of the .sql file rename it to know it's the .com and not the .co.uk sql file
    open the sql file in a text editor my choice text editor is editpad pro.
    perform a search of the full .co.uk domain
    replace the full .co.uk domain with the .com
    For instance:
    domain.co.uk replace with domain.com
    save the .sql file
    upload the modified sql file to your web hosting account
    drop the tables in the website database
    import the .sql file into the website database

    and that should cover 99% of what you need done for the migration.
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  • Profile picture of the author Medon
    Originally Posted by ps2home View Post

    We are a UK agency and we have grown our .co.uk domain, it has rankings etc. However, we didn't want to focus on the UK market and we have managed to buy out the .com - so my question is, which will be best from now: leave the .co.uk live and allow it to focus on the UK, and grow .com separately, or kill .co.uk and move it all over to .com ?
    And how will be the best way to move ahead with either? Appreciate the answers as we haven't really done this before and want to get it right
    If I were in your shoe, I would let the laying goose continue giving me more eggs. and nurture the .com goose to establish itself.
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  • Profile picture of the author sailingdom
    Just point each domain. If someone types .com it goes to the same place as .co.uk. Unless you have a different vision for the .com biz?
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