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I am trying to understand the use of Top Level Domains. Do they help from a SEO perspective? Lets say I have a US site and a Canada site. For US, I create and for Canada I create Does this provide better functionality, or is it better practice, than and

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“foo” in is the second level domain; “com” is the top level domain. – Gumbo Mar 1 '11 at 17:14

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TLDS do not affect search results in However, TLDs do affect your search results for country specific searches. For example, a .me or .tv domain will not rank as well as a .us website in a web search. Also, a site will rank better then a .us site in a search. This is because country specific searches give precedence to local websites.

As for using subdirectories for each region, Google posted a very informative blog post about that that you should read as it will answer many of your questions.

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Functionality-wise, it would be easier to manage with and Having for US and for Canada would be 2 completely different sites. Plus, if you had for Canada technically the appropriate domain for US would be

It's debatable, but to top domain doesn't seem to make that much of a difference. But, the .com domain is what everyone is familiar with. I can't recall off hand any sites I visit with a .us domain.

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