.net/.com VS local domain name for SEO purposes?

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Hi everybody,

What would you recommend for a domain name on SEO purposes (in specific country)? A .net, a .com or the local extension?

Would it matter for ranking? I found different answers on the web.

Thanks!
#domain #local #net or com #purposes #seo
  • Profile picture of the author Jack Chase
    If you register your site with Google Webmaster Tools you can specify which country it is intended for even if it does not have a country specific domain.

    If you do this, I doubt that a .co.uk (for example) would have much advantage over a .com in Google for UK searches.

    I suppose with other search engines you may miss out on local traffic if you have a .net/.com and they do not know that it's for UK users (as opposed to US for example), so it's may be better to just go with the local extension.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rozanne
    In short: If your targeted audience is local and you are so concerned about SEO, then ccTLD domain extension is more beneficial for you than TLD extension.
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  • Profile picture of the author Menno Marketing
    Thanks guys, I'll go for local if they are available from now on.
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