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The rising popularity of .Com in Australia

Discussion in 'Domain News' started by snoopy, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. Data Glasses

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    Can we see an example please
     
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  3. chris

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    I reckon they're just referring to "domains" rather than recommending .com, .com.au is a must for Aussie businesses. I don't think the average person in the street sees .com.au any different than they have in the past.

    Good article though :)
     
  4. snoopy

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    I think the author is suggesting that for a startup .com is what they would use,


    .com.au is no longer "a must" for Aussie business, many use .com and that is perfect for export sales/international expansion as well. It would be good to have both but .com.au is no longer essential because Australians are so used to .com sites, they use them far more than .com.au sites.
     
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    I agree, for expansion etc .com is ideal - or even just for protection, but agree to disagree that .com.au is no longer essential.

    Even though Australians are used to going to .com's, com.au is still very trusted and often the default choice for many local businesses.

    Do you mean as users, or using for their businesses URLs?
     
  6. snoopy

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    I mean the websites people Australian's use every day, it is mostly .com's and that % is gradually going higher over time (see the first post of this thread). That growth is driven by overseas sites, local sites switching to .com and local sites now starting on .com.
     
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    I was surprised to see on Channel Ten News ...... adopt a dog (on Friday's) web = DogsHome/Com
     
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    Somewhat unusual for a charity to use .com.

    Still I remember about 20 years ago working in a non profit org. They were needing to register a domain and the IT person's advice was "Really we should have a .org.au domain". The boss's response was "I would like this website to actually get found though" and she told them to register a .com.

    This was before Google was popular and she was talking about how ridiculous it we be to tell someone the address ends in .org.au.
     
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    Created in 2000 according to Dynadot, funny to see that Dynadot has a "make an offer" link, Guessing the Lost Dogs Home are unaware of this.
     
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    I have started a new business recently. I have not bothered with the .com.au
    I did aquire the .com as a hand reg and a variable from a landing page approx $1300 AUD
     
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    What does this mean?
     
  16. Data Glasses

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    I would guess they purchased a similar .com domain for $999 (u.s)
     
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    This guess is correct. You move on to next round.
    Q: which profession does not need SEO. Hint they are in Dubbo
     
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    I refuse to answer on the grounds that I have a .........toothache
     
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    The new face of retailing in Australia.

    Was just at Doncaster shopping town and couldn't help but notice how many retailers are now advertising domains ending in .com. I think for some it is about shortness and memorability but I'd also say a big chunk of it is also for international expansion. I think many are opening small numbers of locations in other countries like NZ or Hong Kong and just using .com simplifies things greatly.

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    News today that July has been getting considerable attention in Australia and just raised $10.5million, it seems only online and through its own stores.

    (also another story on front pay of the AFR but behind a paywall)

    https://www.insideretail.com.au/news/strandbags-owner-invests-8-million-in-luggage-startup-201910