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UK HQ site with duplicate content clone EU sites still ranks?

4:24 pm on Oct 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Can someone let me know the way Google works international websites. I have a .co.uk that ranks really well for loads of terms in the UK the domain is .co.uk.

The owner has several clone sites for a range of domains for their international offices. There is no ranking in belgium for the universal Google search, on google.be and I beleive this is becuase its duplicate content from .co.uk.

But then the local page search (Het) shows great results for all the .be pages. What's happening here? Is it because of the domain is a .be?

Also do you know if most EU Google users search using google overseas do they use global global or search just on the local pages?

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4:47 pm on Oct 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Everybody uses Google in Europe these days.

For a site to rank in Belgium, it need some Belgium language content. You will see some rouge rankings on UK language terms, but if you want to rank well, you need local language content. The TLD is secondary to the language.