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Q & A Session Regarding gTLDs, and TLDs

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There are many new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) available, so we would like to give some insight into how they are handled in Google’s search engine. We will also address the many misconceptions, and questions regarding the treatment of new top-level domains (TLDs) such as .guru, .how, or any of the .BRAND gTLDs.

Question: How will new gTLDs affect searches? Is Google changing their search algorithm to favor these TLDs? Will the new gTLDs and TLDs give an advantage or disadvantage in keyword search?

Answer: Overall, the system regards new gTLDs the same way they treat the older ones, such as .com or .org. Keywords, in the new TLDs, do not give an advantage or disadvantage when searching.

Question: What happens with IDN TLDs such as .????, can Googlebot crawl and index them. Will they be able to be used in search?

Answer: Yes, those TLDs can be used the same way as other TLDs. You can check with a query site, like site.????, with the same ease as any other site. Google deals with the Punycode version, of a hostname, equivalent to the unencoded version. You do not need to redirect, or canonicalize them separately. You must remember to use UTF-8 for the remainder of the URL. This is critical for the path and query string, in the URL, when using non-ASCII characters.

Question: Will a .BRAND TLD be given more or less importance then a .com?

Answer: No, all TLDs will be treated the same as gTLDs. They will require the same geo-targeting configurations and settings. They will not influence the way we crawl, index, or rank URLs.

Question: How are the new region and city TLDs, such as .London or .Bayern, handled?

Answer: At this point, they will be treated as gTLDs, even if they look region specific. This is consistent with the handling of regional TLDs, such as .eu, and .asia. There may be exceptions at some point in the future, after the evidence of how they are used in practice. Please see our help center regarding additional information on multi-regional , and multi-lingual sites. Please make sure to set geo-targeting in the Search Console where relevant.

Question: Regarding real country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), will Google favor ones like .uk, or .ae as local domains for people searching on those countries?

Answer: Most ccTLDs, by default, result in Google using them to geo-target websites. It informs us that the website is probably more relevant in the appropriate country. However there are some exceptions. Please see our help center for more information regarding multi-regional, and multi-lingual sites.

Question: Will Google support SEO efforts to move domains from .com to new TLDs? How are websites moved without losing any search ranking or history?

Answer: Our Help Center contains extensive site move documentation. We treat these moves the same as any other site move. However, domain changes can take additional time to be processed for search. Outside of search, users should expect email addresses to remain valid over a longer period of time. It is generally best to choose a domain that will fit your long term needs.

We hope this question and answer session gave you good additional information about how top-level domains are handled. If you have further questions, please drop them here, or ask about it in our help forums.


Inspiring Top 5 Design Blogs

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We all need regular inspiration and ideas to help us on our creative journey. The Internet is the perfect place to explore, discover and find inspiration but finding those niche blogs that can add a spark to your creative life is sometimes difficult. So with that in mind, we have made a list of five design blogs chosen for their inspiring and cool design tips and ideas. Ideas to jump-start your own journey to create or achieve what you want in life. We have also written a bit about why we love these blogs and how they inspire and inform our own thinking.

  1. Apartment Therapy

“Helping people make their homes more beautiful, organized and healthy by connecting them to a wealth of resources, ideas and community online.”

The blog Apartment Therapy (UK link) is brimming with ideas for indoor as well as outdoor projects. We love to read their style tips and to choose from their wide selection of awesome DIY ideas.

  1. Hop Interiors

“Eye Candy for the Interior Hungry”

We enjoy Hop Interiors because it explores fun ideas that you can adapt to transform your home.

  1. Fabric of my Life

“Online scrapbook of inspiration”

We are intrigued by the mixture of international styles in the blog Fabric of my Life. You find everything from trendy colourful Japanese design to understated elegant Scandinavian furniture.

  1. Inhabitat

“Green design is good design

Good design is green design”

If you want inspiration for eco-friendly, sustainable and stylish designs then Inhabitat with its focus on future designs is perfect.

  1. Design Squish

Art + Design + Nature + Lifestyle

The blog Design Squish has inspirational nature photography. You find everything from wooden puzzle toys to lamps made from mushroom mycelium in this blog filled with sustainable ideas.