We currently have 6 fairly identical websites, in 6 different languages, with our main website in English, full copies of it in French and German, and part-copies in Chinese, Japanese and Spanish (with some pages remaining in english for these)
However, after optimising our target pages on French and German for them to be picked by Google.fr and Google.de, it seems that for a number of these pages, the .com website remains the favourite on the Search Rankings.
Which brings us to the first question:
"Does Google see .com sites as the Master or headquarters site and therefore give it more weight and higher ranking over language sites?"
Now, as per our domain of activity (IT), a lot of our key keywords are in English language, even for our non-english websites. Could this have an influence on the fact that .com appears above our language sites in the rankings. In other terms:
Does Google give higher ranking to .com when the search term is in english, even if a language site is optimised for that english keyword?
Thanks for your help,