My site is hosted in another country (US) and i am sure I am missing out on a lot of local search mainly from the three top search engines. Can somebody give me some advice on the correct procedure. I have an idea but am not positive.
1. have another domain name for my local country: mysite.com.au (new), as well as mysite.com (existing)
2. have mysite.com.au hosted in australia so the ip address is in au.
3. Make a copy of my homepage and point it to my other existing domain, mysite.com
4. have a do now follow on this site for the search engines.
I hope this isn't to confusing but how does my site be indexed if there is a do not follow.
Problem solved. This may help someone else if they have a similar case. I purchased my local domain. (au) Then I had my domain registar or who I bought it from, to do url forwarding (redirect) to my original domain (com), with the new domain name always in the browser. With only one website. This way hopefully G should not penalize me for duplicate sites and msn and Y pick up my local search traffic. So I found out that these things could affect whether your site is located in local search:
location of hosted IP address (G) domain name extension eg. .AU , .nz , .ca (msn, Y) Location of owner of domain, but this did not work for me.