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Old 22nd January 2008, 11:52 PM
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I have a great name for a web site I'm planning to start. However, the name is in Arabic (it's an Arabic web site), so I have to write the name in English letters.

The problem is that this will result in a problem: everyone will write the name in his own accent (and we have many accents), which means, unless they already know the domain already, there's a good chance they won't find it through type-ins.

If you were me, what would you do? would you try to register all the different versions of the name and direct them to one domain? or just use one and hope that people will eventually find you?

The site is foreseen to be highly successful. So I don't really want domain squatters to benefit of this issue.
Recent NP post - http://www.namepros.com/showthread.p...35#post2484835

The idea that only ASCII is allowed in a domain name will be a tough one to overcome. Even today...more native speakers... Sigh
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Re: ASCII Domination a Tough Nut to Crack

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Recent NP post - http://www.namepros.com/showthread.p...35#post2484835

The idea that only ASCII is allowed in a domain name will be a tough one to overcome. Even today...more native speakers... Sigh
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Re: ASCII Domination a Tough Nut to Crack

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Recent NP post - http://www.namepros.com/showthread.p...35#post2484835

The idea that only ASCII is allowed in a domain name will be a tough one to overcome. Even today...more native speakers... Sigh
A long road to travel .. but there is hope as they are at least talking about it and at some point will see the 'right' way to do it
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Re: ASCII Domination a Tough Nut to Crack

The funny thing is I bet his domain is taken in Arabic.
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The funny thing is I bet his domain is taken in Arabic.
LOL I was thinking the same thing! I got an e-mail from a guy asking for help with his website in Japanese and when I recommended IDNs he was like oh I already own a lot that forward to my site... i was like huh? And he showed me numerous Japanese-sound alike words in roman characters.
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Re: ASCII Domination a Tough Nut to Crack

It is important to explain to people that forwarding IDN to ASCII does no good as you loose out any benefit of keyword to search word matching in search engines when indexed.

The value of ASCII domains for SEO purposes in languages that do not use ASCII is a big fat zero.

The way to do it is to forward ASCII (used by people without IDN browsers) to punycode. Then search engines will index the IDN and you will get the benefit of keyword matching, IDN typin ease, and ASCII typin will also be possible.
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Re: ASCII Domination a Tough Nut to Crack

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It is important to explain to people that forwarding IDN to ASCII does no good as you loose out any benefit of keyword to search word matching in search engines when indexed.

The value of ASCII domains for SEO purposes in languages that do not use ASCII is a big fat zero.

The way to do it is to forward ASCII (used by people without IDN browsers) to punycode. Then search engines will index the IDN and you will get the benefit of keyword matching, IDN typin ease, and ASCII typin will also be possible.

Yes, but without IE7 saturation, such an explanation wouldn't get into the heads of most people.

Webmasters are going to use the name immediately and at this moment, only ascii names work.
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Yes, but without IE7 saturation, such an explanation wouldn't get into the heads of most people.

Webmasters are going to use the name immediately and at this moment, only ascii names work.
I'm just trying to get my hands on 1-2 IDNs that I just would really feel comfortable with, then I'm going to try and go all out on getting IDNs known. I know I'm one person, but I'm sure I can do something. To the point where I'm going to fly out to the Middle East and wear a damn shirt that has an IDN advertised on it.

Can't keep waiting for IE7. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
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Re: ASCII Domination a Tough Nut to Crack

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Yes, but without IE7 saturation, such an explanation wouldn't get into the heads of most people.

Webmasters are going to use the name immediately and at this moment, only ascii names work.
It will when the opposition using Unicode takes their bottom line to Hell!
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