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Google Webmaster Target Country

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Brannan, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. Brannan

    Brannan Regular Member

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    Hi, i was going around in the google webmaster looking for stuff, and i found a place where i could do International Targeting .
    If i choose United States, will my ranking get worse in every other country or will this have no effect at all on other countries?:)

    Thanks in Advance
     
  2. RB1987

    RB1987 Junior Member

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    Yes, but that can be avoided. And you can also select to target more then one country for instance, in your specific case, you have your domain - which I suppose is a generic domain name, not a country level one - targeting US and is starting ranking well for a set of keywords. But you would like to open your chance also globally.

    Well, even though it is usually the contrary what happens, you can create a subfolder for the "global market" in English, create a GWT profile for that subfolder and, finally, geotarget it in Setting as "Unlisted".


    Then, as the US content and "Global" subfolder's content will probably duplicated because both are in English, you should have to implement the rel="alternate" hreflang="x-X", as it is described here by Google itself.
     
  3. Brannan

    Brannan Regular Member

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    Sorry, i found my answer by reading up on google.

    For anyone else wondering.
    "
    if the restaurant is in Canada, it's probably not of interest to folks in France. But if your content is in French and is of interest to people in multiple countries/regions, it's probably better not to restrict it.
    If your site has a country-coded top-level domain (such as .ie) it is already associated with a geographic region (in this example, Ireland). In this case, you won't be able to specify a geographic location.
    "
     
  4. crackarama

    crackarama Regular Member

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    I have actually wondered about this feature too. Do yous think it improves local rankings?
     
  5. bartosimpsonio

    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    If I know Google well, this restricts you to localized results but does not boost them. Kinda like nofollow links are not discounted, but only serve to dillute the power of do-fo-llow links....
     
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  6. crackarama

    crackarama Regular Member

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    Thanks Bartosimpson. I was using it but i will disable it