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Do domain extensions affect se postion

domain name extensions on search engines

     
3:19 pm on Oct 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

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obviously a .com is king for marketing purposes but as far as search engines are concerned how do they rate sites by extensions

ie. a com will be before a biz - right?

3:24 pm on Oct 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

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A great question that I have longed to ask.

I recently registered 2 .us and 1 .info domain.
Would a .com or .net automatically beat these extensions if all else is equal?

I hope to have an answer by the next Google update because I have way more content and incoming links than the .com for one domain.

I would also be interested in knowing the reach of .US. Do search engines in Europe and Asia display this extension in their SERPS?

3:38 pm on Oct 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Basically all TLDs are equal! Really, there's only one thing to consider in regard to ranking, and that's local vs worldwide unrestricted searches.

It does not matter if you have a ccTLD (like a .fr, .de, .co.uk) or a generic TLD like .com, .org, .biz for the searchengines.
The only pssible exception are .edu domains, which were rumoured to be preferred by Google, which probably is a myth anyway, resulting from Google's algo which which by design works just well for edu sites.

BUT when it comes to local searches, like say in UK, depending on search options given to the user, different TLDs might be filtered out.

If however search options are set to worldwide search all TLDs get of course displayed, ccTLDs as well as all generic TLDs.

So if you target Europe or Asia you will have as default search option on many SEs and portals searches restricted to local results. Now usually the filter works on languages, not TLDs. But still for worldwide SE marketing generic TLDs are better than one ccTLDs, with having the right ccTLD for each targeted country being definitely the best, yet most costly solution.

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im actually quite shocked that this is the case (though at the same time pleased:))

thanks:)

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5:56 pm on Oct 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>The only pssible exception are .edu domains, which were rumoured to be preferred by Google

...and .nu domains which are rumoured to be despised by Google

8:20 am on Nov 7, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>...and .nu domains which are rumoured to be despised by Google

Why?