Does choice of domain suffix affect Google ranking?

Jump to Last Post 1-5 of 5 discussions (5 posts)
  1. advoco profile image59
    advocoposted 9 years ago

    Hi.  I have an English business based in Spain - my customers can be in either Spain or the UK and will be searching in English for an English business.  However  I chose the suffix .es for my website because .com wasn't available.  None of my competitors are .es and most .es sites are Spanish language, for Spanish people.  Do I have a problem?

    Thanks in advance to anyone with some experience or insight on this one.

    Fellow hubber
    James

  2. Paul Edmondson profile imageSTAFF
    Paul Edmondsonposted 8 years ago

    This is an interesting question. 

    I usually recommend .com domains for targeting multiple countries in english.  Then, I suggest country specific domains to be produced in that countries language. So I think this is the way to go, but you don't necessarily have a major issue.  I'd need to understand more about the terms you are targeting and your site's structure.

    If you search from specific countries, you tend to see more representation of country specific domains in the results.

    You might want to post this on webmasterworld, or do some searches related to you and see if your site is showing up.  I know, searching in the US, that I rarely see .uk sites, and even more rares is .es.

  3. thranax profile image42
    thranaxposted 8 years ago

    I never see .es sites here in the US. These formats I see more commonly:

    .com
    .net
    .biz
    .org

    A few random sites I been to have had:

    .co.uk

    This is a free domain name open to everyone, but I don't know if Google or any search engine would accept it, its called:

    .tk

    I personally used it for a site but lost my name due to inactivity. It's best to buy a domain that the world can use like .com or .biz . There are a few other ones that might apply to your website. Normally the generic ones on GoDaddy are world ones.

    ~thranax~

  4. sunforged profile image75
    sunforgedposted 8 years ago

    As the choices of .com and .net domains decreases , other country codes are gaining popularity.

    recently I bought a bunch of .cc 's , all of my research pointed towards theories that sites will not be valued differently with such endings

    .info's are frequently seen as spam delight (as they are cheap) but I have been shown many an example of such sites topping the rankings.

    Since age is a ranking factor, most .coms and .net are usually the older sites and are also more commonly used (which may change) so there is a much greater concentration of those sites to be seen in everyones search results

    this is my theory, with some extrapolation

    I def would still take the .com when available anyday

  5. Marisa Wright profile image97
    Marisa Wrightposted 8 years ago

    I remember researching this and was told that where the site was hosted was more important than the suffix (so, for instance, if I had a site targetting Australia, Google would give it more cred if it was actually hosted here).

    If you're selling something Spanish then I could see the .es suffix as being a good thing, because it shows you're a "real" Spanish site. If you're trying to pretend you're in England, then it could be a drawback - I'd think most internet-savvy Brits would know .es is Spanish.

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)