Google Search Advocate, John Mueller, has shed light on the difference between generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and country code top-level domains (ccTLDs), offering practical advice to businesses and SEO professionals. Understanding The gTLD & ccTLD DistinctionA website owner in a Reddit thread on the r/SEO forum asks about the SEO implications of choosing country-specific domains. Mueller explains:“The main thing I’d watch out for is ccTLD (“country code” — like nl, fr, de) vs gTLD (“generic” – com, store, net, etc). Mueller continues:“All of the new TLDs are gTLDs, for what it’s worth — some sound geo-specific, but they’re technically not (like “.berlin” — it’s a gTLD). Google’s .ai Domain UpdateGoogle recently updated its help documentation, specifying that it now treats .ai domain names as a gTLD, similar to .com, .org, and others.