Msg#: 4197041 posted 5:38 am on Sep 6, 2010 (gmt 0)
Is it better to target a same GEO targeted TLD domain if my targeted search keywords contains the territory/geographic term but a different targeted territory/location. For example:
Targeted Location: Australia(Google.com.au) Targeted Keyword: Web Design India
So, is it better to target .com.au domain (Australia hosted) or .co.in domain (India hosted) or vice-versa. Because the keyword contains india, so would google give advantage to a .co.in domain or .com.au domain because of the location target.
Also in the webmaster tool, would it be better to set targeted location "India" or "Australia"?
Msg#: 4197041 posted 7:49 am on Sep 6, 2010 (gmt 0)
Let's take those in reverse order. If you have a country code TLD, then you do not have the option in Webmaster Tools to target a different country. So .com.au is stuck with Australia, and .co.in is stuck with India.
I think that answers your first question, too. Even if you have "location" in the page title and in all the usual spots, a .com.au domain will have a tough time ranking outside Australia.
Sidenote if it's relevant, some local domain charters are very strict. For example, I think to own a .com.au you have to be an Aussie registered business and if it's a commercial website, you have to offer highly targetted content relevant to the domain. The example they use is shoes.com.au. It's not acceptable to sell clothes even if you have a shoes category on that domain.
I looked into this and decided a .com would be a better bet, hosted in Aus and geo-targetted in WMT.