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Geotargeting

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by leeshoes, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. leeshoes

    leeshoes Junior Member

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    what up bhw,

    quick question here : If you decide to use the geotargeting feature in google webmaster tools, it's probably going to increase your rankings in the country you chose, but is it going to totally destroy your rankings in other countries? Like google would think that your site is not relevant to other countries. Or it stays the same for other countries but only increases serps in selected country? Thanks for your input

    I currently have a site that is not using geotargeting, currently getting 70% of my traffic from desired country (Spain), rest is from random countries, often not speaking spanish but I don't necessarily want to lose this traffic.
     
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    You wont loose traffic from other countries....Not to worry about it.
     
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    It WILL affect your ranking position in the default country. It won't be annihilated, but if you choose to target the UK for instance, then your US rankings will generally lower in my experience. The whole point of geo-targeting is to push your site in that territory, so if they give you a push, they'll take it away somewhere else.
     
  4. leeshoes

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    hmm 2 different responses here :p

    I guess theres no better way than to try it.
     
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    Not necessarily 2 completely different answers...

    ...you DID ask if it would totally destroy your rankings; and the answer is no. I was just trying to expand a little.
     
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    this is new to me. I have a .co.uk domain, hosted in a UK server. So i need to set the country in GWT to UK ? how to do it, this site is still not added to my GWT account.
     
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    ^^^^^^^^^

    While not destroying your international reach. Local targeting does seem to limit it.

    Workaround?

    One site for local one site for international. Maybe subdomains dedicated to different geos would work as well with "usa.mywebsite.com" and "uk.mywebsite.com"

    Scritty
     
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    No. You'd only need to use it if you had a .com and wanted to target the Uk more heavily for instance. .co.uk's will be assumed to target the UK, as would other geo-specific country tld's.
     
  9. leeshoes

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    yea I thought the same.. internation site and local site.. but youd need to have different content (or at least somewhat different) for each
     
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    got one more question..

    I have recently setup a multilanguage website using subfolders (www.example.com/fr , /pt-br, /en-us and so on). On webmaster tools I have added every subfolder as website on its own, with a separate sitemap in each subfolder. Have geotargeted the subfolders for their appropriaye country (France for /fr, and so on).

    Note that the website was originally only in spanish, on the root folder (www.example.com/) and I haven't changed that.. meaning that the spanish version is not on a /es/ subfolder, but I targeted the root folder to spain anyway.


    Problem is, when I add a sitemap for each of the other languages, when I check the root folder seperate site in webmaster tools I see that the sitemap has also been added to this site... like its part of the spain site. so im wondering if the geotargeting on the subfolders is being overridden by that root folder geotargeting,, like google thinks my whole site is targeted to spain.

    So far the rankings have improved a lot in google.es, meaning the spain geotargeting worked, but the other languages are pretty new and I dont really have any rankings to compare.

    Any thoughts? hope this wasnt too complicated to read