Consider Your Target Audience
The location of your business, or more often, the location of your target audience can be a major factor
in your choice of a TLD. Think about whether you want to attract local visitors. If you need to consider
the geographical location of your business before choosing your domain extension. Are you targeting a
single country or town or are planning to go international? Country Code TLDs (ccTLDs) are the best choice
if you need to market your site's audience to a particular geographic region.
There over 200 ccTLDs available so you shouldn't have much trouble finding one in your desired area. If you
want to sell products only in one country, Canada for example with have Canadians as your target audience
then you can think about choosing .ca. Google will understand that your goal is to rank higher in Google.ca. Say
for example you have an international target audience then, store that sells products worldwide, choosing
a .com, .net, .org or .com (the most used TLD), would be the best solution.
A distinct advantage to using your local ccTLD is that they are more widely available than .com and what's
more, you don't have to operate in the host country of a ccTLD to own a specific country domain. This
means you can purchase them from anywhere in the world and your site will pop up more often in searches
relevant to their location. This is ideal when you are offering a localized version of a product or service.
The internet has transformed into a global marketplace. Your business might be in the United States but anyone
across the globe can view what you've got to offer. That said, in most cases, people, and companies don’t
need this kind of global reach. If you operate a neighborhood restaurant or run a local gardening clubfor
example, you are trading locally and will benefit from local TLDs.
Local SEO is on the rise as google favors local sites targeting a specific geographical area. Hyperlocal
TLDs for particular cities have seen many websites swap from .com to a domain extension that reflects
their exact location. .Berlin, .Paris, .London, and .NYC are all now available. These suffixes are still
relatively new which gives you a better chance of finding the domain you’re looking for.
Target different languages
Another way to target a particular audience is using
internationalized domain names. IDN's allow you to use country specific characters in core languages
and scripts, such as Cyrillic script in your domain name for example.
It's important to use IDNs with great care. Indeed they will appeal to a specific group of people but will
make it more difficult to reach a wider audience, so limit the use of IDNS unless you want to focus your
attention on a specific group of people.