Comments on: TLD for Country Specific Searches – What Domain Extension (ccTLD) Should You Choose? Search Engine Optimisation Ireland Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:03:56 +0100 hourly 1 By: Richard Sun, 30 Jul 2006 08:13:12 +0000 Hi Jason

Interesting to know. If this is the case it may be that they are trying to gain some market by improving their geo-targeted SERPs. To my knowledge MSN executes c. 7% of search in UK so the figure is likely to be similar (if not lower?) here.

I have to be honest and say that I never use or target MSN.

A couple of years ago I got excited when sites would quickly jump up the MSN and Yahoo SERPs but I quickly learnt that what matters in Irish search is Google.

The one possible exception to this is when you are primarily targeting your site at the corporate and office market – apparently MSN can be a lucrative referrer for this segment (I presume due to the amount of office folk who start searches in the Explorer address bar and hence on to MSN Search).

Giving greater weight to ccTLD’s is an interesting idea but I think in the long run Google’s appraoch is more balanced due to the high prevalence of .com domains.

Interesting development all the same. Thanks for posting it.

By: Jason Roe Sun, 30 Jul 2006 07:35:03 +0000 It seems that MSN local ( has changed their algorithm slightly and as such a lot of weight has been put on sites with a ccTLD over domains hosted on a local IP

By: Richard Mon, 24 Jul 2006 12:30:00 +0000 Holy god

The first ever comment – I almost feel violated :)

Nah, actually just feel good that someone left a comment.

Hopefully the first of many.

By: Michele Mon, 24 Jul 2006 12:21:33 +0000 We also offer discounted rates to web developers as well as the widest range of ccTLDs on the Irish market :)

Excuse the blatant plug!