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Google making title and cache errors in related geo-targeted sites

 5:29 pm on May 8, 2013 (gmt 0)

I have an issue with a network of sites that are all geo targeted. Each site seems to be configured correctly in WMT for the local geo that matches it's ccTLD.

The first issue was that Google was caching the wrong version of many of the sites (e.g. example.com.ar might have been the cached site for example.com.ve) I found that all of the sites that were getting confused in the cache had the exact same title, say "Blue Widgets, Red Widgets, and More - Example.com". In addition to the cache issues, sometimes the wrong ccTLD was ranking e.g example.com.ve would rank #1 in google.com.ar for the query "example", rather than example.com.ar ranking in google.com.ar

I thought to solve this by making the titles unique so example.com.ar might get changed to "Blue Widgets, Red Widgets, and More - Example.com Argentina" and example.com.ve might be "Red Widgets, Blue Widgets, and More Widgets - Example.com Venezuela".

Not only has this not solved the caching issue, but now Google is changing the way the title shows in the SERPS from "Blue Widgets, Red Widgets, and More - Example.com Argentina" to "Example.com Venezuela - Blue Widgets, Red Widgets, and More". So not only are they moving the order of the words around in the title display from what's in the title tag but also changing the word Argentina to Venezuela in the .com.ar title.

I've seen a similar example where related sites had titles like

Blue Widget Subscriptions | Blue Widget Club

Red Widget Subscriptions | Red Widget Club

and all of the sites except the first one were having their titles changed in the SERPS to

Blue Widget Club - Red Widget Subscriptions | Red Widget Club

In that case making the titles more unique fixed the issue but not in this case.

Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.



 1:32 am on May 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

Is there any chance more than one of these sites share an IP address?


 4:02 pm on May 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

Hi Tedster, thanks for responding. There are 22 unique sites and they all seem to have the same network portion of the IP with different machine numbers

e.g. (not the actual IPs)




 7:16 pm on May 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

There is only an outside chance of IP cross-up then if they all are different, even in the same block. Still, Google does occasionally cross up here - I never could tell why..

Thinking cap is back on, Rob.


 7:34 pm on May 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

Is there any redirecting going on or has there previously been any?

For Instance: Was example.com once the home of one or more of the geo specific sites and then "split" into smaller, more targeted sites?

Also, since there may be words or phrases in common use in one of the countries but not the other, are there any of those present on "the wrong site"? (Meaning: In some areas in the US when people are talking about getting a Coke to drink they say "pop" in others "soda" is more common.)

If not words and phrases, how about spelling? US: center; CA: centre

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