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Domains using American vs British English spelling

Labeled as discuss in Niche Domain Discussion, started by Domainer47, Feb 7, 2021

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  1. Domainer47

    Domainer47 Established Member

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    What are your thoughts on the value of domains ending in ize vs ise such as recognize.com vs recognise.com or apologise.com vs apologize.com?

    Does the fact that confusion and differences exist over the spelling of these words mean that they should be avoided by domainers with small portfolios and less capital?

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts and sorry if this has been covered before, I couldn't find a thread on it here so thought I would ask.
     
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  2. Future Sensors

    Future Sensors 78% of human domainers will be replaced by robots Gold Account

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    I have some of these variations in portfolio (with defence, defense, for example). It's always a struggle if want to renew them. Thinking as an end-user, I would have to own both variations to cover my bases. In general I prefer US spelling all the time within the .com TLD.
     
  3. sharfab

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    Theater vs Theatre. Both American and English good domain names have value. But for me, I would slightly lean to the American version since it is my native way of reading and writing.
     
  4. Domainer47

    Domainer47 Established Member

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    Thanks for the reply. The US spelling seems to be the better of the two, I tried afew different ize vs ise words in namebio and ize seems to have both more sales and higher values. I was planning on bidding in an auction for a word ending in ise tomorrow, I think ive changed my mind now.
     
  5. sharfab

    sharfab Established Member

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    Please don't discount English domain names altogether. Just do your homework to make sure its a viable fit. They still have value.
     
  6. Domainer47

    Domainer47 Established Member

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    Thats funny, I'm dyslexic so a lot of the time I dont even really know the difference but I had initially assumed the English spelling would be better since its what I was taught in the UK.

    I'll still go for the domain tomorrow but I'll have a much lower max bid in mind.

    Thanks for the help
     
  7. Samer

    Samer Top Contributor VIP

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    American; it’s shorter spelling; “and we’re #1”

    Ass vs Arse
    Color vs Colour
    Jewelry vs jewellery
     
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  8. du6262

    du6262 Established Member

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      • this domain name should have the same value,I GUESS
     
  9. DigitalRoar

    DigitalRoar Investor & Creator VIP Gold Account

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    I don't have any names like this but as an American, I will say the American version.
     
  10. Hypersot

    Hypersot Top Contributor VIP

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    What I do, since I'm not a native English speaker to understand a keyword's usage as a native, I just put quotes on both versions of the keyword terms and search each of them in G.

    If the results of the US version are of a substantially higher number, I ignore the UK version. If not, I consider it.
     
  11. TauseefKhan

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    Interesting discussion. One has to see the influence of these two nations have on other nations also. And, since Internet has brought all of us on one platform. It makes sense for businesses to own both versions if they can afford it.
    Apologize and Apologise - the ize tops the monthly search results.
     
  12. Future Sensors

    Future Sensors 78% of human domainers will be replaced by robots Gold Account

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    Living in the Netherlands where UK English is officially preferred, it's still US English that has the most influence.

    As an end-user, it's actually pretty okay to register/acquire both versions. But do not market both of them. Just block your competitor from using the alternative.
     
  13. MapleDots

    MapleDots Top Contributor VIP

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    There is a big part missing from the OP's question and that is....

    What domain extension are we talking about

    For some extensions the American spelling would have little to no value and only the true English version would be sought after.

    In Canada we use Labour, Centre, Fibre, Theatre etc.

    So we can rule out most of the commonwealth countries as suitable end users for American version domains.

    My answer to this has been to focus on domains that do not fall into either of the two categories. I prefer to focus on domains where there are little to no spelling variations. That does not mean I would turn one down if the opportunity presented itself but I probably would not seek one out.
     
  14. pb

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    If I had both in .com and be hard-pressed to renew only one of them, I would probably keep the American version, even if I like British English better. :xf.rolleyes:
     
  15. Mister Funsky

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    I did not read the whole thread so I may agree/disagree with prior posts. For me all things boil down to numbers. How many people on the planet spell 'x' a certain way is the guage. The one with the most users (assuming the average income of the user(s) is similar) is the one I want to own...if funds are available and the word/phrase is strong, I will get both spellings.
     
  16. WordMills

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    Not always . . .

    Installment vs Instalment
    Enrollment vs Enrolment
    Distill vs Distil
    Fulfill vs Fulfil
     
  17. golan

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    Center vs Centre happens very often
     
  18. elevator

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    The American spellings are more lquid than British english verssions in my experienced
     
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  19. Reddstagg

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    Too lazy to spell the longer word lol!!!
     
  20. Revisiting

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    Even as a Brit myself. For selling opportunity always best to get the US spelling (both if available) Some UK words don't have the same market relevance in the States and that happens both ways. It's quite rare to see an American spelling in advertising here in the UK. So One can assume International corporations with a worldwide market avoid the conflict in the first place and leave 'alternative spellings' out of their keyword choice
     
  21. DirkS

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    As far as I know in Britain both versions (s/z) are accepted as correct spelling although the 's' is preferred and used in general.

    In US English the 's' version would be considered a misspelling. Therefore, the z version has my preference as an investor. Personally I feel British English is more sophisticated and I prefer to use this spelling myself.

    What is comes down to I think are the number of native speakers. Although there are more people using British English globally the number of people who are fluent/native at US English outnumber the people who are fluent/native British English speakers.
     
  22. GoodKindName

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    I believe it solely depends on the extension. If it's .com I would always go with American spelling because it's US extension. Yes, it's kinda globally used gTLD but it dominates in US and strongly preferred over the official .us country code. If it's uk, co.uk, I would surely choose British spelling. It's cool to have both options in dot com but when your target market doesn't care about another spelling, I wouldn't care about it either :)
     
  23. LUP

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    Interesting topic

    I think we should look at search results on search engines. if the result is more, then that is what I will use, because it is more common
     
  24. Jeffrey

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    American English is more widespread and influential at the moment.
     
  25. CraigD

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    Where did you get that information?

    India uses British english... that's 1.3 billion people in just one country.

    The commonwealth contains 2.4 billion people, most of whom will speak british english as a first, or second language.
     
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2021

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