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Does Google penalize .me or .tv sites?

If I am thinking about using one of the fancy country domains such as .me or .tv should I be worried about how Google treats such domains? Or to put it another way, if all other things are equal ...
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SEO + international sites? country.domain.com or domain.country?

is it better to have seperate country specific domains (which costs more money) or subdomains which define the country, for better SEO? eg. stackoverflow.com stackoverflow.com.au ...
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What happens to my domain if the TLD fails?

I have recently registered some domains on the basically brand new .directory gTLD. Because of operating costs to maintain a gTLD, it is assumed that many of the hundreds being rolled out this year ...
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Advantages of country TLD vs. .com

I want to get a domain for my site. The site's topic would be about Vienna, but the content will be in English. I was thinking, if I should get .com domain or .at domain. .at is both much cheaper ...
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Can .gov (or similar official) websites be used for partisanship?

If I were asked to design and maintain a website for a governor seeking reelection highlighting how his or her administration was helping the state to get by in "Tough economic times", would I be ...
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Which TLD would be suited to a personal site?

I'm planning what is essentially a "business card" website for myself, and have been looking at domains. My primary site (a .com) is for my blog and portfolio and the like, but I want a separate site ...
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How can I buy my own personalized Top Level Domain (TLD)?

Starting fomm tomorrow January/12/2012 I heard it's possible to apply for your own TLD i.e. .whatever in place of .com .org etc. I thought it would require a huge amount of money (I heard stories ...
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Does the .biz internet top-level domain deserve to be taken seriously?

.com is the most preferable TLD most of the time, so many people choosing domain names have to pick between desiredname.something_else or totallydifferent.com. From wikipedia: The biz TLD was ...
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I'm using a vanity ccTLD, can I persuade Google to geotarget a different region?

Because I'm still living like it's 2008, I run a website with a .in TLD. The website has nothing to do we India and does not target Indian users. Unfortunately, when I go to Google Webmaster Tools I ...
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Does server location or TLD affects SEO

I have heard(read) SEO experts who claims that you server position will affect your SEO. In the latest example it was about an international site targeting the Russian market so: Does the server ...
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Pros and Cons of Buying Common Website Mispellings

I own a website that is nicely short but somewhat easy to misspell. I would like to buy the three or four most common mispellings and redirect them all to my main page. Are there any major problems ...
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Get all registered country code top-level domain names

Is there a way to get all the registered domain names for .CN or another country code (CC) top-level domain (TLD)? Is there a central registry for such data? If not, how do I go about collecting ...
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Any concerns for registering a domain.me if domain.com is already taken?

I'm interested in registering a domain, let's just call it myna.me but myname.com is already taken (but not in use). What might be the concerns of registering a .me if the .com version is already ...
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What are the reasons not to use a .us domain name? [closed]

I have a client considering using a .us domain name. Are there any particular reasons, other than familiarity, not to use a .us name? In this case, the site visitors will likely be mostly non-us based ...
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Does using a country domain (TLD) negatively effect a site's search ranking if the site content isn't country specific? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does Google penalize .me or .tv sites? I have a website in which the content is not country specific. The TLD is currently .it but the company is hosted and based in the ...
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Why the sudden popularity of .io domains?

I've noticed a number of new webapps and sites are being hosted at .io domains (the top-level domain for the British Indian Ocean Territories). A couple examples include: Forecast.io GitHub.io ...
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Where can I register a .name domain?

All the popular registrars I know of don't seem to offer this domain, and after Google'ing around for a while I came to an index of registrars for this TLD, but they all seem to be Russian. Is there ...
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Can any domain register support any TLD if domain is transferred there?

There are some domain registers out there that support certain TLD's that others do not. My question, is can you register a domain with a special TLD at one register and then transfer the domain name ...
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Tonga domains for commercial websites

Does anyone knows disadvantatges on installing a commercial website on Tonga domains? I mean, maybe it is not advisable to link a website for .TO domains (these domains tends to be for torrents, for ...
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SEO consequences for merging country sites in a .com

I am in the process of refactoring a number of rental portals I've built for a company with locations in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Instead of the current setting of each ...
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What is the general practice for country TLD subdomains

I'm trying to launch a website application that will focus on cities around the world, whereby TLD for each countries will be used. For example: www.website.de - Germany www.website.cn - China ...
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Google analyzing URL

We all know Google analyzes URLs in order to get relevance. That's why JavaScriptoptimizer.com hits the first place for the "javascript optimizer" query. These are my questions: Does Google ...
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Pre-registering a second level gTLD domain name: what rules apply when collision happens?

Pre-registrations of second level domain names are open for a good number of the new gTLDs, and one can pre-register with many different operators. But let's say I'd like to pre-register a ...
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How easily recognized are new TLDs?

I'm interested in purchasing a domain name for a new service I intend to market. I know that .com is instantly recognizable as a domain ending, and if I see stackoverflow.com I know it's a web ...
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How to register a .eu domain?

I want register a domain under the .eu TLD, but I don't live in Europe [which is a requiriment to that]. I'd like to know if there is any website which register the domain on its name or any other ...
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Is there risk to registering a domain using extension from another country?

I live in the United States. Lets say I want to register a domain name using a domain extension from another country like say for example, Bangladesh (.com.bd). I know that some countries require a ...
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gTLDs… Should they be something to look at? [closed]

I've received a few marketing emails in the last couple of days trying to sell seats at conventions wanting to explain the concept of gTLD's. My understanding is that gTLDs will allow the average joe ...
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Why use a Top Level Domain

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 www.foo.com and for Canada I create ...
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Are new gTLDs negatively effected in SEO?

I have done my research, mainly using this as a source, and I have come to understand that there are certain aspects that can cause newer gTLDs, just by the indication that many of the newer gTLDs, ...
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Buying a top level domain specific to my industry, will it improve my seo ratings?

Currently we run a few websites selling products in the travel industry using .com and .co.uk extensions. Would our search rating improve if we were to buy one of the .travel domains ? So we would ...
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Possible for using a surrogate to buy a .it domain?

I'm a US citizen interested in buying an Italian TLD (*.it). However, those domains can only be registered by EU citizens or residents, or businesses with a registrant who is an Italian citizen and ...
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Are domain hacks advisable? and how do they affect SEO?

I'm interested in creating a domain hack, using the .es ccTLD. If the website does not target Spain, is this advisable? I've seen URL shortening services use ccTLDs to provide shorter URLs, however ...
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What are the advantages of using country specific top level domains?

For instance, do country-specific sites and/or search engines give more weight to sites under a specific country level TLD? Or, do country-specific TLDs exist just to increase the WWW namespace and ...
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How does domain pre-registration work for the end-user?

I just pre-registered a .guru domain name through GoDaddy, and it just disappeared from the account panel. There are messages and receipts for my payments, but other than that, I have no clue ...
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Can I provide free subdomain service of TLD .pro ?

Can I provide free subdomain (second level) for free like .co.cc do? I'm trying to register a .pro domain individually.
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When, if ever, and how, would Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc will add the new gTLD to their search results?

New domain names like .photos .gallery .repair etc are being released every month. I tried running a generic search for some things, and I could not find any of those in the results. Any idea if ...
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Website with same content but different tlds

We have two sites: example.com example.co.uk Both point to the same IP and files. Is it better SEO practice to direct the user's from example.co.uk to example.com?
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Best practice for URL direction in a multi TLD site

I'm about to re-launch a uk based community interest company website which has the same link structure for each of 10 different top level domains. There are presently no international websites, but ...
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SEO impact of using regional TLDs like .me [duplicate]

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. ...
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Who is the official registrar of the .com domain name? [closed]

I know there are official registrars for some domains (especially 2-digit country domains), so are there registrars for all of them? For example, who is the official registrar for .com, .net, or .org? ...
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Does anyone know where I can register a website with a .cat TLD?

I have been looking to register a website with the TLD '.cat'. I know it was created for catalan websites, but I want to do a domain hack, like bit.ly (which appears to be English). But all the hosts ...
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SEO consequences from transfering tld's to sub domains

We have a client that has multiple top level domains for the products they offer. These products are different full fledged softwares. They also have a domain for their actual company that makes ...
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Is it possible to register .mv domains?

Some time ago I tried to register a tld from malvides and found out that it is only possible to register .com.mv or .net.mv but not .mv Now I found this website that offers registration of .mv. I ...
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How do I optimize SEO for a domain with an “exotic” (.st) TLD?

What are the gotchas to optimizing SEO for a domain on an exotic TLD (in my case, .st)? For example, should I tell Google the actual geographic target of the website? One more thing: I want to rank ...
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Registering .ne for non-residents

AFAIK it's hard to register one if you aren't resident. Are there registers which can pre-register for me .ne (like NetworkSolutions does for .eu)?
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Keyword ending ccTLD domain names and SEO

There is huge number of ccTLD top domain names that is available for registration. This is country specific domains could be used for keyword ending domain. e.g assemb.ly, architectu.re, stud.io.... ...
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Domains with no name servers?

I have a few ccTLDs (.my) domains and I've just realised that there is no name servers for them at all. I wonder how that is even possible? Did the vendor whom I bought the domains from do something ...
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Pointing .co.uk, .org & .info to main .com domain

I have a client who has multiple domains .co.uk, .org and .info and would like to point them to the main .com domain name. They have changed the nameservers of the .co.uk, .org and .info domains. ...
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What is a “Public DNS registered IP address”?

I've been reading this ICANN agreement on new TLDs and it has this section on DNS service availability, which i don't completely understand: Refers to the ability of the group of ...
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Naming your website longname.com vs shortcatchy.net vs shortcatchy.info

I'm designing a website that will basically be a social network for sharing information. I have the domain $$$$d.net and the same domain $$$$d.info where "$$$$" is a word (that runs into the d) ...