I want to create a new UK based website in a fast growing niche. It seems that some nob head has come along and purchased virtually every decent .co.uk domain in the niche with absolutely no intention of creating a website around it.
I'm left with two options (I want a domain that is related to a searched keyword). I can either use a .com and tell google that it is a UK based website via webmaster tools or whatever OR I can purchase a .com or .net version of the domain.
I hate using my-new-domain.co.uk hyphenated domain names as it feels kind spammy and I don't think google likes them as much as standard one's. However, it is a purely UK based website and a .co.uk domain would be ideal to get me ranked within the first 3 or 4 months. There are a couple of hyphenated one's available for searched keywords.
There are still quite a few mynewdomain.com version available as well.
What would you all recommend I do here? What is your preference? Which will help shorter term and longer term rankings?