There has never been more stigma around a domain name extension (apart from .mobi, perhaps) than with .me.uk domain names. In my experience, UK domainers simply don’t attach any value to this extension. Certainly the black sheep of the .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk family. However like I did with .mobi earlier this year – selling one in January this year for £3,500 – featured on DNJournal.com. I intend to prove the majority of haters wrong.
So let’s get something straight before we kick this off. Domain name extension doesn’t matter when it comes to SEO. A good UK keyword domain will rank just as well as any other. Co.uk, Org.uk and Me.uk are all equals in the SERPs.
It is funny how there is a certain snobbery within the UK domainer scene that co.uk is THE domain name extension. Certainly for resale value I agree, but when it comes to developing domain names to rank in the search engines, for what ever purpose, let’s get real it doesn’t matter. So let’s put it to the test and get a .me.uk domain name ranking with the minimum effort possible and put the stigma to bed once and for all.
Choosing a .me.uk domain name
I have only ever owned two .me.uk domain names until today and having purchased three today for just £60 that puts my total investment in .me.uk at about £80 altogether for the following five domains:
What I need to do now is decide which domain name should be the focus of this test and arguably as 4 of them are related to extremely competitive markets, I think I should put it to my Twitter audience to decide as it was their reactions to my tweets which spurred me to write this post.
Now I’m going to keep it as simple as possible. Do as much or as little as required to get the domain name to rank for its exact match within, let’s say, 90 days from the day the domain name is chosen. I will record the test in a new series of blog posts called ME.UK Domain Name Series and you guys can follow me along the way. No holds barred.
Hopefully this test will open people’s eyes to the opportunity that lies ahead. Beginners will find a new foot onto the ladder and online marketers can embrace what was once a “dirty” word. I don’t mind taking it on the chin from those too narrow sighted to see the benefit of a keyword domain, what ever the extension. Plus it will be a bit of fun. I know there will be a lot of people secretly interested in the results. Hopefully people won’t sit on the fence, so please get involved and have your say!
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And we’re off…