I'm a Canadian living in Thailand but I travel a lot to many countries, and I can freelance everywhere.

So I want multiple local versions of the same site, without getting hit with duplicate content by Google.

These sites will only be "Pay Per Clicked", no SEO except perhaps a single page per URL to get a Google places page.

Is there a way to COMPLETELY make other versions of the site INVISIBLE to Google?

Like the other sites don't even exist? The content I mean.

The sites will be identical to original site except for the text being targeted locally.

  • Doesn't Google just not take that into account if you use a valid way of setting up a multilingual site?
    – William
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 9:51
  • Sites will be in the same language, English, duplicate sites, but for different audiences, targeted locally Commented May 6, 2016 at 11:52
  • This question has been asked several times here one way or another. You can use noindex on the pages you do not want indexed. You can also possibly use the canonical tag. Here is what Google says about that: support.google.com/webmasters/answer/139066?hl=en
    – closetnoc
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 12:47
  • @WilliamD.Edwards It has been a while - good to see you!!
    – closetnoc
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 12:49
  • @closetnoc thank you so much :-) How are you doing?!
    – William
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 12:50

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Based on what you are stating, and the fact in comments you say that all the duplicate sites will be in English but targeting different audiences you have two options here...

Your first option is if the substantive content of the site will be the same across all the sites. If that is the case then your only real course of action would be to pick one site as the primary authoritative one and then define canonical meta tags on the corresponding pages of all the other sites linking to the corresponding pages on the main site.

The second option is if the substantive content of the site will be different across the sites. If that is the case then there is no issue with having the sites as if they where just several different sites as they would all have unique content.

There is a third option though and that would be not to have different sites for each country, especially if the languages will all be the same. What you could do in this instance is have one site with all of the substantive content on it, and then have one page per geographic area you service. This page would be area specific information, and the page that gets linked to from Google Places and Google+

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