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Expanded list of ccTLDs treated as Generic ccTLDs

Over the past few months, we've been updating our indexing systems to treat certain country country-code TLDs as generic TLDs; that is, even though the top-level domain has a country code, we would treat it, by default, as not targeting a specific country. Now that all the pieces are in place, we also updated our Help Center article listing the TLDs we treat as gTLDs:

http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1347922

The latest addition includes the quite-popular (and personal favorite :) ) .io.
Generic top-level domains (gTLDs) don't target specific countries. If your site has a generic top-level domain, such as .com, .org, or any of the domains listed below, and targets users in a particula...
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Pierre, can this new list of ccTLDs be geotargeted in webmaster tools?
 
Yes, +Vanessa Fox. Treating a ccTLD as a generic TLD allows the webmaster to tell our indexing systems a different geographic target. To take .io as an example, it's the ccTLD for the British Indian Ocean Territory, but now you specify a different (or no) geographic target.
 
ah great move forward, thank you!! I know personally it would be great to see .es added at some point soon, i use it for two of my sites as it is a short URL that spells a word
 
If a ccTLD is not included in this list, does that mean it can't be geo targeted to another country?
 
What's the logic behind NOT allowing other other ccTLDs to be used at gTLDs?

Even if they are a minority, there are webmasters who would like to use their ccTLDs (not in your list) as gTLDs.

e.g."In" is a common word in English and .in domains can make great generic domains too.
 
.ly domain missing...
 
Pierre - Why not let webmasters target domains that Google doesn't treat as generic by default, for example .it and .ly?
 
+Sachin Asher
 If you are a web "master", you would know the differnece between the various *ld's. I fail to understand how because you decided it was better getting supposed.ly for your blog as oppossed to supposedlyblog.com, isupposedlypost.com or many other variants that aren't as great as supposed.com but still work and are good enough, now Google must overhaul how they rank domains? ccTLDs aren't meant to be changed as they signal relevance for local searches. As someone who uses both google.com and google.co.za, I search expecting to get .co.za results on google.co.za and international results when using .com.

Furthermore, I expect to find content relevant to the ccTLD I'm on 95% of the time. Imagine then what will happen if this is changed and I find myself getting information about Spain form a co.za? If your content is targetted for the Spanish community, go get a domain for that country. Where not possible, get a .com and change what county it targets! Simple.

I fully understand why domain hacks are so prevalent nowadays thanks to +Rick Schwartz and his cronies who littered the Internet with "This domain might be available. Make an offer!" banners all over the place.

This has pretty much made life difficult for people concerned with brandability and getting a nice, shortish domain but if you're truly seeking to build a creative, everlasting brand and are truly a... wait for it... webmaster, you can still find some decent to great coms, orgs, nets, etc.

who.is, name.com, iwantmyname.com, domai.nr are great places to search for great alternatives if the "all powerful" .com is taken. Cheers!
 
There are other ccTLDs that have an open purchase policy, but aren't included in this list. Is there a reason?
 
... ones where the vast majority of names are out-of-country (i.e. international). Just curious about the logic / process behind the decision.
 
+Mosa Eugene Nkuna I think you've missed the point being made here. dot-ES is not in the list of "Generic Country Code Top Level Domains" so, when searching from outside of Spain, results with  dot-ES domain name will not get prioritised. However, other ccTLDs, like for example dot-TV, have an internationally appalling suffix and an open registration policy (meaning you don't have to be based in-country to register), thus Google have decided to treat those sorts of ccTLDs in the same way as gTLDs when prioritising search results. To me this seems reasonable.

What I don't quit understand is why others have been left out. There are other island nations with only a handful of on-island registrations and a long list of international registrations that have not been included in this list. 
 
how to use ccTLD domain like ansbro.it, for global usage not only for itely.
OR how to change the geotargeting for global usage the site
 
Has or will this ccTLD list be updated?
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