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    Geo Targeting


    Hi there, I have an e-commerce site that targets 2 countries but I want both to be in 1 domain.

    Is it possible to host the contents for country 1 in say http://(domain-name)/country1/ and for country 2 in http://(domain-name)/country2/ and submit both to search engines as 2 different websites?

    Will they be treated as different websites even though they reside in the same domain?

    How would they rank in country 1's and country 2's local search engines?

    Is there a better alternative to achieving this?

    Many thanks
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    I think that this is ok except that all the sites but one would be considered as duplicate content and probably wouldn't rank (unless they're in different languages).

    Sorry I can't be more specific but here's a link to some Matt Cutts videos and I know that one of them answers this question but I can't remember which one it is, I'm sure he was standing in front of a blackboard though... :p (In any case, all the videos are worth watching, there are a lot of great tips in them)

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    Thanks for your reply JJ. Yeah I've done the geo settings in Webmaster Tools for each folder, I've found a video of Matt's and also a Webmaster Tools help page that says this is OK.

    However after a few months the site stopped ranking in Google "pages from country" search, even for its own brand name! Not sure what's happened / happening...

    I've posted a more detailed question in the Google Optimisation forum

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