When starting a business or new website project the first step is always picking a relevant yet easy to remember domain name that is easy also good for marketing. One thing that some do not consider is how the search engines delegate certain domain extensions or Top Level Domains(TLDs).
Everyone knows .com, .net, .org and .edu have been around since the start and are widely used, unfortunately it is also hard to find a good domain that is not being help by domain campers, investors or spammers. In order to deal with this the registry has released a number of domains over the years as well as country specific TLDs. However, many of these countries have opened their own TLD for public use, whether for profit or publicity there is quite the list. Some such as .ws and.co have become very popular leaving search giants in the position to treat them like standard TLDs. Here is a list of domains treated like standard TLDs rather than country or regional specific TLDs for SEO purposes by google.
Country domains treated as standard TLDs
Regional domains treated as standard TLDs
It is important to choose a domain treated as a standard domain or all searches will be locked to the country specific search results.