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How come com.google is a valid domain name?

https://com.google appears to be a Google upside-down-rightside-left. But how come .google is a valid domain name? Or wait, .com is and it is just somehow reversed using some hidden technique? Oh, ...
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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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SEO International Websites usage of sub domains and ccTLD domains

Is it better to have separate country specific domains (which costs more money) or sub domains which define the country, for better SEO? e.g. example.com example.com.au example.co.uk vs example....
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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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Does Google penalize sites on “commercial” country code domains such as .me or .tv?

If I am thinking about using one of the 'fancy' top level 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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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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Why are the new TLD's so expensive?

Recently new TLD's such as .actor, .agency and many more were introduced. There is a significant price difference between the 'old' and new TLD's. For example: I can buy a .com for $9.45 but .ceo ...
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Is it worthwhile to buy my domain name with many top level domains?

I'm creating a blog and I will purchase my own domain name. It will be a blog mainly, but I don't exclude to expand it later by adding other features (like an e-commerce platform , a module for ...
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I'm using a vanity country code top level domain (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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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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Can a website ONLY have a generic top level domain

With the introduction of Generic Top Level Domains that groups can apply for, will it be possible to have a website's host consist of only a top level domain. For example, would it be possible for ...
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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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What are these domain names called?

Till today, I thought I knew the definition of TLD, SLD, apex domains and so on. But speaking with some people it seems that I'm making confusion. Here's what I think: .com is a top level domain (TLD)...
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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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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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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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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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Multiple top level domains - should I redirect/rewrite or leave them?

I operate a website with many different TLD's (top level domains): example.com example.org example.co.uk example.org.uk The website is advertised as example.org.uk but I expect that lots of people ...
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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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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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Does Google use .com as a ranking factor compared to other generic top level domains?

Given the exact same page with some real data for example a page for Bangkok Dog Cafe, would search engines prefer one of the following because of the top level domain? singapore-dog-cafe.com ...
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Best way to get a .dev domain name before everyone else

I'm interested in getting some "rare" domain names on the release of the .dev top level domain. What's the best way to do so? Is there maybe a way to buy a domain the first second it's available? Or ...
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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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How to register a .cn domain

I would like to register a .cn domain. I found the below pages which list the officially accredited registrars: -based in China: http://www.cnnic.net.cn/html/Dir/2007/06/05/4635.htm -based outside ...
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Sudden SEO rankings drop for a specific domain of a multinational site [duplicate]

EDIT 19/6: the issue is apparently solving itself Unfortunately I cannot see any indication of what worked. It could be the spammy-looking domain which we disavowed links from, but it can also be a ...
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First domain name: ensuring the name availability in the future

I am about to register my first domain name consisting of my fairly common name (say, "Eugene") for my personal work-related blog. I found several acceptable options, but I am somewhat uncertain about ...
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Is there any regulation on the yearly renewal price of a domain under a premium TLD?

I am looking at a .xyz domain that is apparently considered 'premium'. Registrars quote around the $350 USD mark for the first years registration of one of their domains. However, they don't appear ...
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Is a place holder phone or fax number allowed in WHOIS records?

Can I use a place holder phone or fax number for WHOIS contact information? I assume the fax number is optional, I just used 555-555-5555. I tend to just add an accurate phone number, street address, ...
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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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What is the status of the .DATA TLD?

I see a few registrars allowing per-registrations, but can't find any dates for Sunrise, early access, GA, or any other information. Apparently the registry is Dish DBS Corporation, but that's not ...
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Is it possible to register a domain with a '.sea' extension?

I want to register a domain with the .sea extension, is that possible now that a lot of new extensions are being released?
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SEO impact of using regional TLDs like .me

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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What are the roles of IANA and ICANN in relation to domain names?

I am aware that IANA is a department of ICANN, but how are their roles divided? IANA should allocate IPv4 and IPv6 addresses to RIR's, allocate AS number ranges to RIR's and administrates the root ...
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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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Must I use a Top Level Domain (TLD) for localhost websites?

I've always used name.dev for local development, but since Google Chrome 63 update, out December 2017, domains with .dev are in the preloaded HSTS list with a rule enforcing HTTPS, no workarounds. ...
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Is there a list of public release dates for certain top level domains?

I want to register a .man domain but I have no idea when its going to be available. and is it possible to pre-register this domain name? when i search for it on namecheap or godaddy no .man domains ...
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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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Why are .io domain names so expensive? [closed]

The TLD .io is significantly more expensive than traditional TLDs, such as .com: Why is there such a price difference? How is the pricing for domains determined?
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.COM vs newer domain extensions

I have a website with a new TLD. I am not trying to advertise here, but listing the domain names is the only way I know how to articulate this question. I have both, theboss.host and thebosshost.com ...
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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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Terminology of the .com, .net etc. of a domain

I was thinking over the month about buying a domain name. While browsing, I found a few domains called .ninja. I looked it up, finding out that the meaning is nothing too serious. I want to search ...
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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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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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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 sub-...
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Are there any restrictions for registering a .rs domain?

I'm creating a website for my brand and would like to use .rs because I can spell out the name with the URL. IANA says that rs if for country-code Serbian National Internet Domain Registry (RNIDS)...
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Does Google index the new domain names as “keyword”? (i.e.: dance.club as “dance club”)

I have some doubts about how Google rates new domains. The idea is using the name of the product (using ".name" as domain example). Is product.name better (or at least not worse) than productname....
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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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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 myname....

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