Comparing .com and domain names

Domain names (URL) are the address potential customers may use in order to visit your As someone who lives in New Zealand you may be wondering whether or not it's better to get a .com or a I'm hoping to clear that up for you.

Basically you need to consider who your target audience will be. If your audience is primarily based in New Zealand then the is actually better than having the .com. A generates trust over a .com for New Zealanders especially for those who are keen to "keep it local" plus it can help with your search rankings when customers perform a search based on location.

If your audience includes Australia you could look at getting a and a but in order to obtain a domain name your company will need to be registered in Australia.

If you are expecting to attract an international audience then it is better to have the .com . Of course you can have both a .com and a which is what I've done with my domain name. In my case, I had the .com domain name for many years before I moved back to New Zealand so I didn't want to lose the search ranking I had built up. Now whenever someone types in they are redirected automatically to This allows me to catch any potential clients who may have heard of Karebou and assumed the domain name ended in


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