Would it be SEO safe to get a .co domain?
Posted on 2013-05-31
We've recently expanded our services to a few more countries, and for each we registered a local domain that they can use for their site. Essentially each site is a clone of our main one, which apparently isn't good for SEO, having duplicate content under many domains.
So we've thought of getting a main, goe-neutral domain to put the sites under and having wither sub-domains or sub-sections in the URL for each geo-location's site.
According to what I can see it's the wiser way to go.
The problem is, I don't want to buy the .com from the guys who are sitting on it, In my opinion they're asking more than it's worth. I;m happy for them to keep it if they don't want to sell for a reasonable price. I'll take a .biz or something else.
So one of the ones that we were strongly considering was .co - I like it, it's short and neutral at first sight, but I see it is the TLD for Columbia.
Will having a site with multiple geographically dependent subsections like /za/ (za.) or /mu/ (mu.) or /zw/ (zw.) hosted under a domain with a geographically connected TLD (.co or .rs) negatively affect our localised SEO work. Will it decrease out .za score in south africa or our .mu score in mauritius - If I can put it that way. or will it work the same as a truly geographically independent TLD like .bix or .com?
Any advice and guidance would be greatly appreciated.