aakk9999 - 10:32 pm on Sep 4, 2013 (gmt 0)
Let me see if I understood this correctly:
- You want to host each country's content in the particular country
- You can only do this if you go for subdomain geotargeting model
- But you want to have folder based geotargeting model
So, to overcome this, you are thinking of:
- hosting subdomains in each target country
- redirecting visitors using 301 redirect from each subdomain to the main domain that is folder based
The reason (your objectives) for doing this is:
- speed (as you say IP is local)
- having an IP that is local of the country for SEO purpose
Unless I have misunderstood your proposed setup - I would NOT do this.
And if you do this, you will not meet your objectives anyway.
1) Speed... it will not be faster. Firstly, you are going over 301 redirect. So it is 2 requests, not one. Further, the second request (the one that is executed as a result of 301 redirect) goes to the www.example.com domain anyway wherever it is hosted
2) Local IP address... is this because of Google geolocating sites based on IP? Whilst Google does look at the IP geo-location to try to determine how the site should be geo-located, this is done for sites that are not geolocated in WMT, i.e. for gTLD domains that are not geolocated. If you geolocate a directory to a country, Google will take geolocation from this.
To be honest I have never heard of this kind of setup and I am not sure what would really happen in SERPs. I presume Googlebot would also go via redirect. Do not forget that by going via redirect you lose approximately 15% of link juice.
Server setup is not my strong point however, and I may not be understanding properly your setup.