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ccTLD .mx vs .com.mx

Posted on 2011-03-18
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Hello,

I want to register a domain, target is global and English in the Education/Training field.

The course is local to Mexico.

All awesome TLD are taken.

Since we are based in Mexico I thought it might be better to use.
domain.com.mx (35 USD Year)
domain.mx (45 USD Year)

Also the nice ccTLD are still open which means I would a good domain name.

I suspect this will also help with marketing in google, etc

Suggestions / Feedback?
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Having either the .com.mx or the .mx CCTLD will be helpful to your ranking.  This is one (of many) ranking indicators for Google.

However, MORE helpful to your ranking will be a local physical business address in Mexico, and a Google places listing (I believe that Google places works outside of the USA).

Google returns country and city-specific search results based on physical address and a Google Places listing.

http://places.google.com/business

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However, will places really affect my business if 99% of my clients come from English speaking countries outside of Mexico?

Canada, USA, UK, Australia, South Africa, etc

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Places is mainly meant for personalized & local searches, e.g., if I live in Mexico City, then my search will be influenced by Google Places (local) for local businesses in Mexico City.

From my understanding, it won't hur customers in Canada, USA, UK, etc., especially if they are looking for local Mexico City businesses in their search.

To summarize, it won't help much for non-Mexico based search folks, but it won't hurt either.
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by:UltraFlux
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Ok so then which would you consider better

.mx

or

.com.mx

Or does .mx win simply because it is shorter and easier?
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When I search for major brands online, most are listed as:
.com.mx

pizzahut.com.mx
coldwellbanker.com.mx

It looks like you used to NOT be able to directly register .mx domains, but now you can.

More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.mx 

It probably does not matter - if I were doing it and could afford it, I would get BOTH .com.mx and .mx.

If I could only afford one, I would get .mx
Just personal preference, and I agree with you, shorter to type.
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whats the point of getting both besides taking away the chance the competition snags up the domain?

I can't run duplicate content on both website...
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If I had both, I would use one (.mx), and use DNS to point my .com.mx address to the .mx domain.

Yes, I would do it mainly to keep the competition from getting the domain name.
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