Robert_Charlton - 9:41 pm on Dec 6, 2011 (gmt 0)
robert are you saying google is ok for a brand to have the exact same content on ccTLD and .com?
santapaws - Google's goal is to allow companies with genuine international presence to share content on sites with common language across international versions of Google. That is not exactly the same as simply allowing sites to clone themselves across multiple ccTLDs.
Google is increasingly becoming locally focused, and Google ultimately will resist attempts to fake localization if it becomes common. International company practices of hosting all sites in central location, though, can sometimes make geo-determination difficult for Google.
Beyond ccTLDs, if the sites are all in English, I'd take pains to localize the content, addresses, and spelling on the different versions of the site. Geo sources of inbound links, even hosting location, are all signals that Google may use.
Linking a .ca to a .com with same content
Also, some more recent thoughts I've had about other geographically close English-speaking countries and about Matt Cutts' video on hosting location, which I reference in the post....
Google Caching Wrong Site?