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Can a country-specific domain for a different country effect how I rank in MY country?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Plus44, Dec 20, 2014.

  1. Plus44

    Plus44 Power Member

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    Say I want to make a website called HotMoms

    And I buy this as my domain HotMo.ms

    Since .ms is specifically for the country/territory of Montserrat, would that effect my ranking ability here in the USA at all?
    Say I was able to get the .cðm or .nét instead. Would that be easier for me to rank in the US or does it not even matter?

    It seems like all good domain names are taken... Being able to use country specific domains would allow me to creatively use a name I like, but I just want to be sure that they will rank well first.

    Thanks for any help.

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  2. myopic1

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    I don't think you'll find anyone who knows the answer definitively, i.e that have tested it extensively.

    It's logical (to me at least) that domain extensions don't matter but rather the origin of the cloud of links surrounding the domain and the origin of the cloud of links surrounding those domains and so forth. If a site has links from a majority of UK sites, it's reasonable to expect it to be relevant to people in the UK, to illustrate this point, have a look at the cooperative bank. It uses the extension .coop and has no problem whatsoever ranking in the UK.

    Now that example has it's weaknesses in the sense that you would expect a bank to have an extremely strong and authoritative site and to always rank well but I've seen a large number of .com ranking in the UK easily. My personal belief is that as long as you stipulate in webmaster's tools the country that you're targeting, use the appropriate language and have links from other country targeted domains, then you're on a level playing field.

    People may suggest different to this and that's fine but unless they can back it up with logic or better still, results or a quote from Google then they may just be regurgitation something that they heard somewhere else.
     
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  3. Plus44

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    :burger2: Anyone else ?

    The post may have seemed like I was just joking around, but I'm genuinely interested. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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    Still curious

    I know that you have to own the .com to even get the country domain. Same works with all countries I've read.

    but does it effect ranking?

    It has been 4 months and I'm still wondering the same thing. I'm not trying to be obnoxious or disruptive here. This will be the last time I bump this. If I get no responses I will let this thread die.

    Thanks or thanks anyway
     
  5. imaplya

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    Using a country TLD extension (for example .ca) will help your ranking in a particular region. I think using country TLD will negatively affect your ability to rank internationally.
     
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    Having a country-specific domain enables Google to return the search result to that certain country since they would think that your site is relevant to the users from that country. Having a TLD of .com, .net or.org or not that country specific has a better chance of ranking to territories.
     
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