Questions tagged [geotargeting]

Geotargeting is the practice of targeting web content to specific countries. This typically also includes targeting speakers of specific languages and variants of languages.

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I'm using a vanity country code top level domain (ccTLD), can I persuade Google to geotarget a different region?

Because I'm still living like it's 2008, I run a website with a .in TLD. The website has nothing to do we India and does not target Indian users. Unfortunately, when I go to Google Webmaster Tools I ...
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My domain “example.se” is targeted for Netherlands (.nl), but Google Webmaster Tools indicates it's targeted for Sweden [duplicate]

I made my domain example.se. I work for the Dutch market and not for the Swedish market. Now I learned that Google Webmaster Tools judges that I am focusing on the Swedish market. (Geographic Target = ...
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For SEO, should the path portion of the URL be localized?

I have a site that have localized content. I would like to know if it's really important to also translate the URL paths to access the content. For example: Today, I'm handling the URLS like these: ...
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Should I use 301 or 302 for location-based redirects?

I'm setting up geo-redirects for my site and am unsure which redirect type to use. I've read many articles on this subject, but still do not have a clear answer. Here's the plan: Visitor lands on ...
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Multi country redirect working with google

I have company.com, us.company.com and ca.company.com, all using the same language, however, displaying different content e.g. pricing, imagery and text I want the site to be displayed in Google as ...
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How can I reduce “follow me” ads in adsense for publishers?

On pages I publish, I have adsense display ads, which often seem to show "follow me" or "remarketing" ads (relevant to the user's recent searches) rather than contextual ads (those relevant to the ...
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Is it possible to get Google to treat a .it domain as a generic top-level domain? [duplicate]

We have the option of using a .it domain which is a ccTLD (country code top-level domain). We don't want it to be specific to Italy though, we want Google to treat it as a gTLD (generic top-level ...
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Transferring .com to geo targeted TLD worth it?

I have a .com domain with a solid reputation and link profile. However, I am only targeting users in one specific country. Would a 301 redirect from my current .com domain to a new country specific ...
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What should be the structure of the URL to enable indexing of location, time specific events? [closed]

I have a website that lists movie showtimes, https://example.com/. I want to use JSON-LD to provide information about ScreeningEvent (from Schema.org). I'd like to index events presented on movie ...
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Can you use the ccTLD for sub-directories when geotargeting?

I know when targeting a specific country or region the best way to do it with the the ccTLD. But if you choose the sub-directory route, should those sub-directories be named the same way you would use ...
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.co.uk targeted for google.co.uk .com targeted for google.com

We've had a website running on a .co.uk domain for some years, this domain is listed in the SERPS for our brand on both google.co.uk and google.com. We get little traffic from anywhere other than the ...
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Using one gTLD for targeting several countries, what are our options?

I have seen several questions similar to this one being asked all over the internet, all the answers seem to give conflicting advice and/or are really old - they do not seem to be valid in regards to ...
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How can I route traffic between two hosting servers?

I have a web site. It is designed for two target groups of users: one from Eastern Europe, second - from USA. I also have two hosting accounts - one in USA and one in Europe. I'd like to route the ...
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Redirect to canonical URL gives hreflang error in Google Webmaster Tools

In my website the root page https://www.amolelingue.com/ has 301 redirect to canonical English URL https://www.amolelingue.com/en, which has two alternate versions (/it and /fi). I'm getting ...
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Can geolocation lead to SEO penalty?

We have a commercial website with two country specific domains (.fr and .ch), each in the country's currency. The user accounts are bound to the domain, but the products are mostly the same on the two ...
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How can I block visitors located in the U.S. while still allowing the Googlebot?

Due to regulation and legal issues we cannot allow U.S. based visitors to access our website. For this reason we redirect all our U.S. traffic to a specialized page. While we do have these ...
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Hreflang for different regions - same language

Greetings from Austria! My Problem: I have an .com-domain I would like to rank in the german, austrian and swiss Google, since those are our target markets. The website itself is in german. From my ...
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Google webmaster International targeting “United States” will it work for SEO?

I have started a brand new website. Basically, It will be product review base website. I will promote Amazon products on that website. After little experiment, I have found that, if US people buy 15 ...
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Is there a way to know if apache receives a request from a public IP not local to your country?

I'm looking for ways to know if an apache server receives a request , from another country (e.g germany) considering its a fair request (no spam , or proxies). I want it either to appear this as a ...
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Directing Multiple ccTLD's to 1 gTLD with a country specific subdirectory?

We have multiple ccTLDomains and are thinking about how to best combine these into one. We want to do this to focus our link building efforts. We are running a website through which we offer a ...
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Page Spamming via locations

Hi guys I am new here so please be gentle :) I have created a web page for a small mail order business. The page asks the reader if they are in need of a supplier for products in their "area" and if ...
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Optimising website IP for location

From my understanding of SEO, websites are optimised for the current location of their IP address. For example if xxx.xxx.xxx.xx resolves to the UK then you are more likely to get higher rankings in ...
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Is it worth always geotargeting your site?

Since, if you don't geotarget your TLD website, Google will make assumptions about its location based on IP address, browser info etc. would that not suggest that it is in fact ALWAYS worth ...
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Will the “Geographic Target” of my website negatively affect my search ranking? [duplicate]

Some time ago I bought a "cool" domainname to match my username, namely, wol.ph. After looking in the Google Webmaster Tools recently it told me that the Geographic Target for my domain is ...
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Site for NZ and AU appearing in the US search results over the site for the US

I have 2 websites, one for Australia and New Zealand, and another for the US and the rest of the world the one for the Australia is indexing 1st when I search it from the US, how can I promote the US ...
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Google Search Console (GSC) - Geo-target one subdirectory

I have an international website with gTLD xyz.com and different subdirectories for countries: xyz.com/fr/ for France, xyz.com/de/ for Germany, xyz.com/us/ for US and xyz.com/uk/ for UK. I need US ...
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Is it for SEO okay to mix the subfolder structure between /lang/ & /lang-country/?

We are currently maintaining country folders like www.example.net/de/ www.example.net/fr/ Now we are thinking about Swiss with 3 languages (it, de, fr). I think it's bad to change all the current ...
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Methods of Geotargeting and optimising for location

This is somewhat an SEO question and somewhat a general web developer question. Our company website is pretty awful, I'm currently redesigning the new one, the problem is they have a directory called ...
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.gg geo targeting in Search Console

I would like to buy a .gg domain. Can I geo target a .gg domain to somewhere other than Guernsey (the country associated with .gg) in Google Search Console? .gg is a county code top level domain. ...
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Should I use rel=“alternate” on different domains?

We're about to introduce a .com version of our website as well as a few additional ccTLD's and from what I've read, I'm unsure whether to be using a rel="alternate" tag or not. The scenario: We have ...
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Regional targeting on continent level, same language, 2 domains

I have a question concerning regional targeting of a website. I have 2 websites with exactly the same content and both in English (exact copy), but different domains: abc.example xwz.example I would ...
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How can I serve different banners/CSS/branding to users based on their location?

One of my clients is a financial planner. He is in the Pacific Northwest, an area big on buying local, and the site's visual identity reflects that in header images, colors, etc... Well, apparently ...
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Can country geo targeting be overridden for country code top level domains in Google Webmaster Tools? [duplicate]

Google Webmaster Tools automatically associated your website with the TLD that you're in. This is nice if the website is targeted towards that country, but its not always the case. In some instances, ...
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Geotargeting rel alternate - how to launch an international site?

Hoping you can help me out with some best practice here. I run an Aussie based job board called the Backpacker Job Board. The site ranks really well and has plenty of traffic. I want to launch a New ...
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How many users see Google search results just for their own country?

Are there any stats about how many Google/Bing users may be selecting country (as in the pic) in the SERP? As Susan says in here that geotargeting in GWT only works when users select a country as in ...
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How do I target a specific city audience?

I have a .com domain, and I want to target specific countries and cities. Is it possible to target a specific city audience? For example: I want to do SEO for only some selected cities like: New ...
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Can I choose two geographic target countries for my website?

I have a website, the main target audience from two countries. In the Google Webmaster Tools you just can choose one location. Do I need to do something or just leave it alone?
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Transferring users and search engines to a new domain

I've been asked to take over the maintenance of an existing site that's being reworked. At present it's serving localised content for several languages, but via a fairly unhelpful mechanism that ...
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Options for geotargeting content

My company is creating a web portal that is designed to put relevant local geographic data in front of our users. Aside from using IP addresses, which are increasingly becoming less reliable as a ...
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How does geo targeting affect SEO if I set it or leave it unchecked in Google Search Console?

I have a tech blog which is aiming to get a global audience just like the gsmarena (popular tech blog) does. Do I need to set any specific geolocation or leave it unchecked? I don't want to rank ...
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Does Adwords use Geolocation in AdRank?

I'm running a national campaign for an online retailer. They are focusing on improving sales in Michigan. Their national ads are currently showing in Michigan. Do I get any value from adding ...
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International targeting with a single language

I was going through tons of documentation, forums, stackoverflow, etc trying to figure out what is the correct way to target international audience with a single language. The only thing that I could ...
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How to maximize SEO of an internationalized website? [closed]

I am developing a website that should be multi languages. I would like your opinions about what the best way to do it, considering get the most SEO possible. I have these alternatives: Altarnative ...
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SEO for a business with a service area in just two states which are not geographically near each other

I'm launching an endeavor, aerial photography/videography, one that I can do in all 50 states and will look to receive work in more than one state for sure, specifically South Carolina and Michigan. I ...
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Changing selected country target in search console SEO impact

My website has experience quite a bit of growth over the last year, we are now at a stage where we want to expand to a global reach, instead of targeting users in specific country (the country has ...
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Using a ccTLD as top domain with country subdirectories

We are an Irish company and currently have a .ie domain for our main website with two other ccTLDs for our international sites - .co.uk and .nl (they are slightly different domain names as they were ...
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Geotarget global audience with .com.au

We were trying to buy our .com.au in .com form but it's taken already. Is there a way to set a .com.au to have a global geotarget? Does a .com have any geotargetting associated with it? If so is ...
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Should Geo-targeting Subdomains have their own dedicated Social Media Profiles?

I currently have a website owner, looking to expand their Geographical reach. Rather than investing in dedicated ccTLDs, the use of Subdomains have been opted for as follows: en-gb.example.com (...
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Can the use of lang=“en-US” on a blog affect international traffic?

We have our main domain ranking in Google for 100+ countries. We have WordPress blog setup for this domain which is at: example.com/Blog For this blog, we had many keyword rankings in various ...
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Will moving a Hindi website from a subdomain to subdirectory under an English website affect its SEO?

We have recently changed our Hindi website hosted under a subdomain to a subdirectory of a main website that's in English. What happens if we set the geo-targeting of the website that's under this ...