I have seen a lot of people overreacting to this news. Here is what you need to know.
This is from Google…
“If we see a very large fraction of sites on a specific freehost be spammy or low-quality, we do reserve the right to take action on the freehost as a whole. Taking action like this is not really something new, and it is something that we may do elsewhere at Google as well.”
I have seen people saying that .info’s are next and speculating about other TLD’s. That is rubbish.
Google has never eliminated a TLD from the index. All of the other .cc domains were untouched. It was just this one subdomain of .cc that was removed. The .co.cc subdomain was all owned by the same entity. That entity was giving away domains for free under that subdomain. As a result, many spammers were using it because it was free.
Google saw that a large percentage, my guess would be over 90%, of the stuff on this subdomain was just junk.
Like I said, other people were speculating that .info’s will get the same treatment. That is ridiculous. People think they are used for spam a lot because they are so cheap. Well, I see spam coming from .com’s, .net’s, and .org’s too. Also, .info’s are only cheap for the initial purchase. Have you ever renewed a .info? I have. And trust me, I have never been able to renew one for $1.99.
There is a lesson to be learned here though. Do not base your business around a free domain. Many people starting in IM will use Blogspot rather than buying their own domain and hosting. I do not see Google removing Blogspot from the index anytime soon (they own Blogspot), but it is their playground, their rules. They could easily devalue Blogspot in the index if they see the same thing happening too much.
Free and cheap are not always better.