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It is common that people use regional TLDs with a fake meaning to register a good-looking website. A famous example is .me, which is popularly offered by most of registrars alongside generic domains.

As far as I know, search engines somehow weight the regional websites. For example, a .ca is supported to be targeted in Canada. I understand that search engines are adjusted to the market popularity, but I am curious, if a regional TLD such as .me is considered as a generic TLD when targeting globally?

In general, my question is that how much TLD affects the SEO for global audience?

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Dan has left you a good answer, the question has been closed because we have many more like this already on the site, granted they are worded differently and yours may be easier to answer its still a duplicate, however even closed questions with good answers from members like Dan will not be deleted. Here is a custom search that may help you if you want more information than what Dan has supplied: webmasters.stackexchange.com/search?q=cctld+[seo] –  bybe Sep 14 '13 at 12:31
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Although .me is a country code top-level domain (ccTLD), it has been one of the fastest-growing and widely used in history. Consequently it's considered to be generic enough to use for targeting a global audience, as discussed by Matt Cutts here (~1:34).

In the case with .me therefore, it should be treated as equally by search engines as generic top-level domains (gTLD), for example: .com, .info, .net, and .org.

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