Local domain vs COM vs combination, what ranks best?

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Let's suppose we sell some product for local market.
If we had a choice, as with Filipino domains, what would we choose to rank best?

product.com
product.ph
or
product.com.ph

As usual though, the .com domain is often already taken, so most of the times we would really have to choose between .ph and .com.ph

Any ideas about that?
#combination #domain #local #ranks
  • Profile picture of the author amiramin
    i would prefer product.ph
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  • Profile picture of the author bsbear
    Personally I would get both and use them for different things.

    But local domains do work much better for local areas.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronnieavelino
    Originally Posted by sarged2 View Post

    Let's suppose we sell some product for local market.
    If we had a choice, as with Filipino domains, what would we choose to rank best?

    product.com
    product.ph
    or
    product.com.ph

    As usual though, the .com domain is often already taken, so most of the times we would really have to choose between .ph and .com.ph

    Any ideas about that?
    I would choose .ph too! Anyway domain extension have nothing to do with rankings.

    Regards,

    Ronnie
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    • Profile picture of the author sarged2
      Originally Posted by ronnieavelino View Post

      I would choose .ph too! Anyway domain extension have nothing to do with rankings.

      Regards,

      Ronnie
      Its not true.
      I also thought so before I actually bought a .hn domain. That was a total FAIL. Do not repeat my mistakes.

      Now I'll really have to think twice.
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  • Profile picture of the author jovykhan
    Google associates your domain extension to your supposed geo target thus there is still a ranking advantages anyhow of having a local domain to target a specific country.

    For me if your content is in English the I will choose .com.ph if it's in Tagalog it would be .ph. Just a personal preference.
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    • Profile picture of the author sarged2
      Originally Posted by jovykhan View Post

      For me if your content is in English the I will choose .com.ph if it's in Tagalog it would be .ph. Just a personal preference.
      I am also thinking more towards the .com.ph for a number of reasons. And your idea quite makes sense too.

      This is what I would add:

      1.
      .com is more associated with buying things, so among the number of useless websites in our serps, the users would have more clear perspective of where to buy the product. Thus having a .com suffix is always a plus.

      2.
      Google itself redirects all Filipino users to google.com.ph so, it is very likely that it would benefits from having the exact same domain extension, and not just .ph

      3.
      This may be objectionable, but I simply having hard time recalling any .ph that would occupy the first positions serps. On the other hand the number 1 shopping site here is sulit.com.ph, and it just spams the serp for whatever query you type.
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  • Profile picture of the author tagalog
    I advise following the big boys and using product.com.ph.

    Definitely not .ph as that means very little, if nothing, to someone searching the internet unless they specifically want to buy from the Philippines.
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  • Profile picture of the author kazim
    I think you need seo for your site.
    Actually product.com.ph is perfect for seo.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      The chap is apparently going for Filipino.

      I guess some you do not know what level domains are.
      .com.ph is just another level of .ph. There would be
      no difference. They are both Philippines. The country
      is just selling third level domains. If you really want
      to think about it, domain.com.ph would be a subdomain,
      or third level.

      I can't remember the reason for this nonsense, but probably
      to give other countries more domains and maybe look better
      with a .com. in there somewhere.

      Buy either one if you are indeed going for Philippines.

      For me, I would much rather have a true domain.ph
      site. Makes more sense.

      Not being familiar with the Philippines, I can't say what is
      most common for websites. .com.ph or just .ph. That would
      be a factor.

      Paul
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