.com vs .ca

Posted on 2006-05-16
Last Modified: 2010-04-07
Hi all,

Does the ending of a url (.com,.ca,.org) matter at all to search engines?  Do they favour one over the other at all.

Question by:livewirewebsolutions
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    Think it only matters to the country

    .com - usa - uk
    .de - germany
    .au - australia

    But i have a .com ranking well in google uk

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    The .com and .org and .net domain names are part of a list of Top Level generic domain name suffixes and it doesn't matter to the search engines which one you select.  

    Indeed, if you do a search you'll notice many high ranking .org and .net, and of course .com domain names.

    Canada's 2-letter suffix, .ca, is not a top level generic domain name but rather a national top-level domain domain name (NTLD) representing a specific country like that of .au = Australia and .fr = france, de= Germany, etc.

    Having a country specific domain name (NTLD), or having a website that is using an IP address that's in another country, can localize your listings first to those search engines and display accordingly.  

    For example, if you lived in Canada you probably will be using's search engine (but not necessary) and thus you would expect to see more .ca domains displayed first before other domain names.  Why?  Because people who are in other countries most likely are looking for websites (products, services) in their own country or language.

    However, this is not to say a .ca (Canada) suffix will not display in other search engines too.  It will.

    In short, unless your need a domain name suffix to represent a specific country or language as your website might be a non-English website, go with that country's 2-letter suffix.  

    Otherwise, stick with the popular domain name suffixes .com, .org or .net.

    But whatever domain name you select, it all boils down not on what type of suffix you select, but on the popularity of your site which is a result from your excellent content and how SEO friendly your web pages are.  

    Good Luck!


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    It is said that .org , .edu are given higher priority.

    But again , as Mark said :"whatever domain name you select, it all boils down not on what type of suffix you select, but on the popularity of your site which is a result from your excellent content and how SEO friendly your web pages are.  "

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    Expert Comment

    it basicly does not matter. IF you have a good site then it will get a search engine ranking to match
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    Expert Comment

    Search engines don't descriminate, but people do.  If you want to compete with websites in the United States, use .com

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