Set a Geo Target Zone for a Website

Posted on 2009-04-30
Last Modified: 2013-12-08
I have a website (.com) and my target audience is primarily at the moment Ireland and UK.

The site is hosted in ireland so placement in Google for country specific is good.

I am planning to set the sub-domain to load the same website (just a different alias to the same virtual directory).

Is this okay to do within Google? Any advice / pitfalls before I do so? I don't want to end up penalised by google.
Question by:resourcesys
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    Expert Comment

    If they are the same website as you state, then it is highly likely that Google and other search engines will ignore your new domain.

    You can set the region goolge places your websit in by using Google Webmaster Tools, however you can only target one region.

    If you want to target two regions you realy need to create two different websites with different content. A comon rule of thumb is that at least half the textual content of each website needs to be different and unique.

    Accepted Solution

    I have reviewed with Google webmaster tools and setup a subdirectory for the region I am targetting and set a site-map for this sub-directory. In this case the sub-directory is UK and in webmaster tools I am able to submit a sitemap for this directory and tell Google to target the sub-directory at the UK market.

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