As part of Globe Runner’s efforts to watch the New gTLD extensions in regards to SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and our SEO Power Rankings Index, we looked at the geographic extensions. We wanted to know which of the new domain extensions actually have live websites being developed on them. And of those developed websites, which new geographic extensions have the best websites on them. Here’s our list of the top 10 geographic New gTLD extensions.
How We Determined the Rankings
We looked at the top 500 new gTLD extensions based on number of registrations. Then we pulled all of the websites that have been developed on those new extensions and looked at the quality of those websites. Some of the factors we used to determine quality were the number of backlinks, the Trust of those sites, and the Trust Flow/Citation Flow of those sites. Trust Flow and Citation Flow are Majestic.com quality factors.
For our geographic-related extensions, we determined that a new gTLD domain extension was geographic-related because of the extension’s restrictions. For example, .NRW has restrictions:
— Restricted to individuals with residence in the postal code area of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia; or
— individuals that have place of business in connection with self-employment or freelance work in the postal code area of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia; or
— entities that have place of business in the postal code area of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia
A few of these extensions technically don’t have registrant restrictions (i.e., they don’t have to have an address in the region), but they sites being built on those extensions are related to the region, so we made an exception.
The top sites that we’ve identified during our review of the data include:
Our favorite website built on a New gTLD Extension? Of course it has to be the Eiffel Tour website: http://www.toureiffel.paris.
**Note: Keep in mind that this list is based on the quality websites built on these extensions. There are other geographic extensions that are popular that have a lot of registrations and websites–but they didn’t show up on this particular list. Highly trusted websites have to be built on an extension in order for it to be considered and thus show up on this list.