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How do you tell Google what country you are trying to show results in?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by cloakme, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. cloakme

    cloakme Regular Member Premium Member

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    Google use to have a section in Google webmaster tools that you could check to have them understand that the website was from/for that country. I have a client that is not from the States and I want to be clear to Google that this is not where we want this website to rank. The server is from the states as getting a server from this specific country (island) is not feasible. I am trying to get G to know that it is for San Francisco de Macoris in the Dominican Republic.

    I am noticing that we are starting to get traffic from California and this is obviously the wrong country.

    Any suggestions would be helpful.
     
  2. cloakme

    cloakme Regular Member Premium Member

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    Nevermind, I found and article and they just moved this information. It is in the gear box on the top right under site settings.
     
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    lostchiekurs Junior Member

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    for google you have to build local links from the domains that are for the specific country.
     
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    Taff_Man Junior Member

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    google webmaster tools -> geographic targeting
     
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    chris38 Junior Member

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    Domain name extension, putting name of location in title, content based on the location and building local links would help in local SEO.
     
  6. dinkish

    dinkish Power Member

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    Geo-targeting is done primarily by the domain extension and hosting service's IP. Defining a country in GWMT's isn't a guarantee it'll work.

    Find some DR business listings, and post your site\"business" in there, that should help localized SERP's.
     
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    Oukast Senior Member

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    Completely incorrect; neither of these plays any major role. WMT geo-settings are much more important than these two combined. ccTLD helps a lot for other reasons, sure, but not with ranking that much.
     
  8. dinkish

    dinkish Power Member

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    Generic TLD's can have geo-targetting set in GWMT as you mentioned. It's solely up to Google whether it takes your personal preference into consideration or not, that's all I was saying.

    For Generic TLD's: hosting IP's, contact details from the website, local business listings and (speculatively) other backlinks from ccTLD's would otherwise determine geo-targetting.

    ccTLD's have exclusivity as you can't change geo-targeting settings in GWMT, so I'm not sure why you are saying it doesn't play a ranking factor.