theodion — 2010-06-14T20:22:31-04:00 — #1
Hello guys, this is my first post so i want to say hello to all
I'm new to seo and maybe this is a silly question.
I have a generic TLD (.com) and recently i bought a country code TLD (.com.cy) because i'm going to move permanently there.
What i shall do now to target clients in cyprus?
I have red that if your main site is a gTLD and your are using a 301 redirect of a ccTLD (.com.cy ) to you gTLD (.com) then the major search engines will eventually use the redirected ccTLD to determine your location.
Is this correct? what i must do?
I dont want to do a 302 redirect for every page in the .com domain and also i dont want to cancel my .com because i will loose my backlinks and rankings for various keywords.
Finally i want to keep the .com for worldwide coverage.
what i shall do?
theodion — 2010-06-15T08:19:10-04:00 — #2
ok lets forget the global coverage.
how i can use the .com.cy to target cyprus. (i want to keep my .com) and also avoid duplicate content.
what if i redirect the .com.cy to .com?
c2uk — 2010-06-15T03:42:56-04:00 — #3
this is really difficult to judge without some background to the site. At some point you mention the importance of worldwide coverage, at another to target local clients - well, why not have two sites for exactly that purpose and link from one to the other?
jjmcclure — 2010-06-15T08:50:04-04:00 — #4
Host the site on a Cypriot server, have a local address on the pages, submit it to the local business listings, get backlinks from Cypriot sites etc etc... make it clear to Google that it is a site in Cyprus.
You'll struggle to target worldwide AND local with the same site simply because it's a conflicting message unless you go easy on the Cyprus references and hope that Google's preference for showing local results for local searches compensates for the lack of Cyprus references.