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Jan 31st, 2012, 06:08 AM
Regional access restrictions and search indexing
I've come across a tricky issue with my company site, regarding regional access restrictions and search indexing. Our site is available only within Australia. Presently, any attempt to view the site from an IP determined to be outside of Australia results in a redirection to a "Sorry, you can't see this" page.
The problem: Google don't have regional webcrawlers - the googlebot hits our site from America, and only sees the Sorry page. This means that the Sorry page is the only one that ends up within their search results!
Has anyone ever had to solve an issue like this before, the ideal result is to have all the content indexed but not available for viewing. We can't just cheat and serve different results to the googlebot - if they find out you are doing that you get punished within the page rankings.
(other geographically restricted services generally don't have this problem because they usually are available within America and not the rest of the world, and the googlebot can see them just fine)
Feb 3rd, 2012, 10:16 AM
Is there any page you could create just for indexing purposes, besides the "Sorry, you can't see this page!" ?
This way you could have a better page in the search results, at least, until you'll find an ideal solution to your problem.
Sorry I can't help more with the regional crawlers issue.
By Ramses357 in forum Google Optimization
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