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Does setting the geographical target give you an advantage?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Baadier, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. Baadier

    Baadier Regular Member

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    I've got a few niche sites that are targeted in the UK. Would setting the "geographic target" in Google Webmaster Tool be worthwhile or not?
     
  2. laowai

    laowai Power Member

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    It definitely is worthwhile! I had a .net domain in first page of google.com and nowhere in google.co.uk for easy keyword. After I change the targetting to UK I got #5 position in the UK. I didn't do any backlinking during that time so I'm confident that it happened only because of the geo targetting.
     
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  3. Baadier

    Baadier Regular Member

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    thanks for the quick response.
     
  4. paulcarter97

    paulcarter97 Regular Member

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    Of course it is worthwhile. Me too setting my website to do it. Why would google put something useless ?
     
  5. markhenry121

    markhenry121 Elite Member

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    Yes, geographic target setting gives advantages to fulfill target. It helps to rank high in a particular search engine as well as increase geographic traffic.
     
  6. SEOWhizz

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    If you want to stay under Google's radar and not use Webmaster Tools, then an alternative would be to use a UK hosting company for the site. Having UK TLD's would help also, e.g. .co.uk. If it's a business and you want to rank in a specific location in the UK, you could create a Google Places listing.

    Off page, get a diverse range of links from UK sites; directories, blogs, authority sites, Web 2.0's, etc.