Would it be SEO safe to get a .co domain?

Posted on 2013-05-31
Last Modified: 2013-06-05
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.
Question by:StevenHook
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Nothing wrong with one main domain but you are probably better following the advice here

Basically tell the search engines which page to serve based on location.

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What I am really after is if the .co domain in particular will have any negative impact because of it's association with columbia?
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Well it wouldn't inspire any confidence in me if they were asking for credit card details
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:) I mean ....
... is if the .co domain in particular will have any negative impact on the SEO here in South Africa or in Mauritius -  because of it's association with columbia?
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Ahh ok.
A .co domain will have more weight for searches within Columbia and vice versa less weight in another country  - it's seen as less relevant.
Can you not get a generic tld like .net, .org etc. (then you can set the country target) or rejig the domain name, add a dash etc

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That's exactly what I was after.

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Thanks for the help and advice.

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