I would like to register a ".ee" domain. I live in the US. I have checked the rules for domain registration and looks like I am able to register without issue. I would like this site to be my home on the web.

If someone looks up my name on a search engine from anywhere in the world (primarily US), would a ".ee" domain still be preferred given that the domain is registered in a different country. Wondering if search engines prioritize domains local to the search country.

Should I have concerns of the reliability of top level domain administration for relatively less popular domains like ".ee"?


Yes, Google prioritizes local domains over foreign ones but if does not affect the search results as much as other factors like the domain name itself.

If a person searches for "dude", dude.ee would likely rank over the-one-dude.com. But there are hundreds of factors that affect the ranking so this is a very theoretical example.

Practical example: searching for "invoiceplane" as a German will mostly get you the foreign invoiceplane.com domain because it's the main site and not invoiceplane.de, which would be the site with the local domain.

About your concerns: only buy domains, also foreign ones, from providers you trust. If your providers do not offer the domain, I would recommend using another tld.

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