dot.com versus dot.co.uk

Last Update: October 25, 2013

Now I am in a bit of a predicament (perplexed or just not thinking straight) trying to decide where I should be concentrating my efforts?

I have built and developed my website as a dot.com but I do own the same domain name as a dot.co.uk

My initial thoughts were that more people were likely to visit a dot.com website than any other. I suppose I have also been trying to cater for customers here in the UK (where I live) but wanted to benefit from a much bigger (predominantly USA) market. I am promoting physical products that will need shipping.

Amazon.co.uk affiliation is fine and as a UK citizen I will earn real cash (£) commissions if I ever do make that elusive first sale! With Amazon.com, however, they won't actually pay me but give me credits/Amazon vouchers to spend with them.

I've got a few other affiliation partners both UK and US based and I suppose I just wanted to know if anyone else has had the same thoughts or perceived problems? My head is telling me that, the wider audience I can reach, the more likely I am to make sales. Or am I over-thinking and making this much more complex than necessary?

As always any and all observations welcome :0)

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DoubleTap Premium
Yeah, my first impression would be the .com, Jan.
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tashas999 Premium
Im not sure but .com is more recognize by Google
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@RICH. Premium
The majority of affiliate programs don't require you to localise, Amazon being the exception. You can follow Dom's excellent training https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/using-the-amazon-link-localizer to resolve this issue across multiple Amazon country-based affiliate programs. Regional domains such as co.uk work extremely well with localised search engines such as http://www.google.co.uk/ncr if the business is truly local, ie. a UK based emergency plumbing services, etc. You can also use regional domains to redirect to language subdomains, ie. us.fotolia.com (USA) de.fotolia.com (Germany) etc. :) Rich.
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jangee Premium
That's really fab Rich. Would you be more inclined to keep going with the dot.com then? I have been getting 50/50 traffic from both the UK and US (yes yipee I have had some people coming to the website). My niche isn't at all localised so it can appeal worldwide. I suppose that a lot of the Amazon product list is available to customers every where too. Thanks again :0)
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@RICH. Premium
Yes. I'd always recommend the generic .com or .org unless a product or service is genuinely geographically specific. :) Rich.
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jangee Premium
Yes that's what my head's telling me but my website looks a bit messy with links showing prices in $ and £.
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Not sure, all I know is that Rich and K&C recommend a .com.
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