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    Registering a co.th domain name in Thailand

    Mrs. Chi has a pretty decent idea for a business she is going to do in Thailand. She wanted to have a website and registered it with a .com and .net for about $40 US bucks including private registration. She started to think that if her biz took off, some Thai might copy her idea and start a .co.th domain.

    She decided to register the name with .co.th just to have the name and found out it is a real pain.

    She scrapped the idea but I thought some of you might like to know the info on doing it.

    Here are the requirements and cost form a couple sites she went to.

    The price was as much as 240 Euros on one site and as low as $77US on another.

    1 to 2 weeks for approval and the following documentation -

    Copy of Business License in Thailand including a full address and phone number OR Thai trademark with no local address needed OR trademark from country other than Thailand with local representative office (local representative office uses trademark registration of foreign company to register domain.) Domain name must match company/trademark name.

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    I'd never noticed before that Godaddy doesn't list .co.th

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    She did not see it there.

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    What was her idea bud, that she scrapped?

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    Which web-site was the $77 offered on? I should register the .co.th of my Thai ltd co hotel.

    Thanks

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    I have a .co.th and you have to have the company registration papers to prove that it is your company.

    You want to use this lot Domain Name Registration provider in Thailand with web hosting and e-mail

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    there is a sign for a company called "thai name server co ltd" on my soi, I have assumed that they provide DNS registration services. They might be worth calling.

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    as i run websites and work as an affiliate manager, why would anyone want to spend additional money for a .co.th domain?

    what with the bad name thailand has for copywrite infringement violations i would not want my website to have that.. especailly if i was selling anything worldwide

    But if u did, Domain Name Registration provider in Thailand with web hosting and e-mail for register for 2 years 2,505 baht ( $41/year

    $ 40 is very high for registering a .com or .org domain name. Even the above only charges 900 baht ($30)

    .com and .net for less than $11 https://joker.com/index.joker
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    ^ because her business was all going to be done in country and only with Thais.

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    PhuketRichard, wot ChiTown says. I use my .com for my foreign hotel guests and I should register a co.th to target my potential Thai guests.

    Since my little hotel is usually full/near full with Jonny foreigner, I have come up with a great idea for potential Thai guests. I know from experience that they will never complain, no matter how bad the accommodation is, ANd I know Thais love everything Japanese.

    So I am going to invest a small amount of money in some dog kennels, place them in the hotel garden, and sell them to Thai guests as the famous Japanese 'Capsule' hotel accommodation.

    Simon

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    Dog kennels are drafty, get some coffins

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    Incredibly stupid !

    How can they expect to develop business when charging so much and making it so difficult to get a co.th ?

    Fuxxin third world country :-)


    The only reason why registering a co.th could be that Google would show it first to people searching on Google Thai, but even this is not sure ! Anybody has experience of selling stuff or attracting visitors on a .com website in Thai and in Thailand ?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buycondojomtien
    How can they expect to develop business when charging so much and making it so difficult to get a co.th
    A thai business is only around 5,000baht, domain name 40 bucks per year, where do you get the so much from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buycondojomtien
    The only reason why registering a co.th could be that Google would show it first to people searching on Google Thai, but even this is not sure !
    Doesn't make much difference, the domain name can be anything, 12 years ago you could have bought google.com for 10 dollars, look at the biggest domains in the world, the names are meaningless, or were originally, domain name and com/co.th have only a tiny little bit of relevance to serps. I mean real tiny.

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    Matters not if ur dominan is a .com/.net/.info.

    Most poeple use .com cause it is most used and known.

    Originally Posted by buycondojomtien
    The only reason why registering a co.th could be that Google would show it first to people searching on Google Thai, but even this is not sure !
    SE dont differatinate between them and site is ranked not accroding to if its a .com/.info/.co.th

    I have worked with plenty of business in thailand and i always suggest they go with .com or info or net NOT/never .co.th

    You seriously think u need a .co.th to deal with Thai's??? and it will not make a bit of diference in the se results. so why jump thur the hoops and pay 3-4x more for the domain?

    PLUS Simon, will u build a whole new site targeted for thai's?? total waste of $$ and if u merely copy it Google might penalize you for duplicate content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phuketrichard
    and if u merely copy it Google might penalize you for duplicate content.
    Google does not penalise for duplicate content.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phuketrichard
    You seriously think u need a .co.th to deal with Thai's??? and it will not make a bit of diference in the se results. so why jump thur the hoops and pay 3-4x more for the domain?
    using google to locate a thai based company with a website selling a product you are searching for is a pitiful experience with the search results contaminated with lots of large foreign webstore's who probably turn up only because of web cache company they are using. If companies looking to sell in the local thai market used "co.th" it would be much easier to locate them with google search.

    As for pricing, would you expect anything different when dealing with a government licensed company in a renter economy, but 1500B is not going to kill a company. As for the hoops you have to run through, thats not unreasonable if you believe that a co.th name should be automatically owned by the company that trades under that name.

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    PLUS Simon, will u build a whole new site targeted for thai's?? total waste of $$ and if u merely copy it Google might penalize you for duplicate content.
    Actually, a fair few Thais do stay at my hotel. It's not difficult for me to make the Thai language version since i previously had this on the old web-site design.

    It'll only take me a day or so to complete a new site. Don't need much web-page content to sell dog kennels...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Phuketrichard
    and if u merely copy it Google might penalize you for duplicate content.
    Google does not penalise for duplicate content.
    Your fucking kidding right???
    has happened to me mroe than once

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    ^Do you understand the word "Penalise"? Maybe you should try googling "Matt Cutts duplicate content penalise" and watch his video, or just have a look at how many people are in the news forum, completely full of duplicate content.

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    Why are .co names so expensive DD when they should be 1/3rd cheaper than .com?

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    is it good/important to have a .co.th

    just ran a search in google ( in english)
    "bars in Thailand"
    how many have a .co.th in top 100 NONE
    "Massage in Thailand"
    none out of first 100
    "Hotel in Thailand"
    2 out of 1st 100
    its content that will get u ranked not ur domain

    Google took off one of my sites and reason they gave was duplicate content.
    in fact if u search my domain name it does not show up
    yet ranks very well in Yahoo abd Bing
    go figure

    all depends on how long u want to rank if u choose white hat or black hat seo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phuketrichard
    its content that will get u ranked not ur domain
    Maybe do your searches using the Thai language, just an idea like They are aimed at the Thai market, you wont find many .co.uk aimed at the thai market or in the thai language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phuketrichard
    in fact if u search my domain name it does not show up
    If you mean the subdomain in your sig it shows as number 1, remember to turn off google profiling.

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