I am currently working on a website that uses Woocommerce's Geolocate in order to determine content based on a users location, etc. Unfortunately this results in a '?v=xxxx' redirect.

Does this affect the SEO-score and if so, how badly does it affect it? Is there anything I can do to solve this?

  • SEO isn't a "score." Search engine optimization is a collection of practices to rank better in search engines and get more traffic from them. There isn't even a single encompassing metric with which to measure SEO. Mar 29, 2022 at 16:14

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If I understand correctly, the site is automatically redirecting users to a suitable language/region version of a page after detecting the users location?

Google advices not to use geotargeting redirects:

Avoid automatic redirection based on the user's perceived language. These redirections could prevent users (and search engines) from viewing all the versions of your site.

Reference: https://developers.google.com/search/docs/advanced/crawling/managing-multi-regional-sites#let-the-user-switch-the-page-language

A pop up when detecting users from another location offering people to switch themselves based on their location would be a better option IMO.

From a user perspective, they should not be forced around. From a search engine perspective, automatic geotargeting redirections should whitelist (not apply to) search engine bots.

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