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Ranking for Certain Countries

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by MikeyMikey13, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. MikeyMikey13

    MikeyMikey13 Power Member

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    I have a local website trying to target a UK city. However my site is a .com extension. What should I do to target this?
     
  2. VinceC

    VinceC Elite Member

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    You can point the targeted geo. to UK in google webmaster tools. Domain extension is not so critical as you see, in my country, most of the top ranking local business sites are .com too.
     
  3. MikeyMikey13

    MikeyMikey13 Power Member

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    I did that. Is it just the waiting to game to see if I rank?
     
  4. myultima

    myultima Newbie

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    I think it's not enough just to change your website location in Google Webmaster Tools. You need to build some backlink from UK domains as well in order to rank in UK.
     
  5. MikeyMikey13

    MikeyMikey13 Power Member

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    I have already done that :)
     
  6. Duffers5000

    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    I would have just got a "Cityniche.co.uk" and hosted it in the UK.
     
  7. cwvps

    cwvps Junior Member

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    Maybe someone can shed light on this but I was also told hosting the site in the UK is as important as adjusting the web master tool, any thoughts? GeoIP of the IP should match your country your targeting.
     
  8. greaterthoughts

    greaterthoughts Newbie

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    Geo target it via google webmasters, thats the easiest way to go about it.
     
  9. MikeyMikey13

    MikeyMikey13 Power Member

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    It is extremely rare. That domain would cost £10K+.
     
  10. MikeyMikey13

    MikeyMikey13 Power Member

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    Done, waiting to see results!
     
  11. Laubster

    Laubster Senior Member Premium Member

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    Yes def. host it in the country you want to rank, and set WMT to UK.
     
  12. MikeyMikey13

    MikeyMikey13 Power Member

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    Why does this make a difference could I ask?
     
  13. Jouster

    Jouster Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    One of the biggest factor in rankings is the extension in domains matching the search locale, much easier to rank a .co.uk in google.co.uk than a .com
     
  14. sudorank

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    The two main things are:

    - Stick your hosting within the UK, doesn't have to cost much. Places like www.justhostme.co.uk are only £2.99 month - stay well clear of 1&1 or 123.co.uk though, the service is shocking and you won't get a decent cPanel.
    - Stick a handful of back-links from UK sites on there (Doesn't have to be all of Them)

    Btw what is the name of the city? Many American Cities are historically named after British Towns: New York, Swansea, Birmingham, Leeds, London..... the list goes on and can make geo targeting a bit of a pain.

    You might also be interested in this: http://www.sudorank.com/ranking-locally-sudo-style/

    It's written for businesses trying to rank on Google Mapping in the UK but those same principles will also help geo targeting too. In my experience local sites that go the citation route have a much easier time ranking organically too.

    That's about it really, as a UK member of the site I rank stuff over here all the time and Local is one of my things - drop me a PM if you're getting stuck.
     
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  15. iamleewalker

    iamleewalker Junior Member

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    Google Webmasters and proper backlinks for UK sites should get you closer to the top. Google says the location of your server plays a very small role in ranking, but the proximity of the server to your users can increase the speed when accessing your website: "Q: Is the server location important for geotargeting? A: If you can use one of the other means to set geotargeting (ccTLD or Webmaster Tools? geotargeting tool), you don?t need worry about the server?s location. We do, however, recommend making sure that your website is hosted in a way that will give your users fast access to it (which is often done by choosing hosting near your users)."
    You can also embed google maps on your site and add it to Google+ with appropriate circles.
     
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  16. AsgharSK

    AsgharSK Regular Member

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    i already Do this :D
     
  17. SEO Power

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    .COM domain names can be used to build a website tailored to customers in any country or city, so proceed when you are ready :).
     
  18. MikeyMikey13

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    I have made a change by moving my site to a .co.uk domain with my key word in it. Let the changes begin!
     
  19. platinumcent

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    .com domain wont make much of a difference but where you get your backlinks from does. So, pay more attention to uk based backlinks.