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I am confused and looking for some help and advice. I have just built a site. It is built using an open source CMS platform (Joomla) and it is available in French, German and English.
I live in Europe and most of my business will be with Europeans (Swiss, Germans, French, English and some Italians maybe). The US will also provide some business I believe. My hosting company is in the US and my domain is www.***.com
I will be registering the same domain as .ch (Swiss), .co.uk (English), .de (German) and .fr (french). Since the content is already in those languages as well, I wanted to get listed on Google for those countries. How does google.ch, google.de. and google.fr determine if my site should be listed in those directories if I am already in google.com?
Does language matter?
There is also an option in google to select: Show only sites from Germany (or other country). How does google know if my site is in Germany? Is it based on hosting location, or on language or domain name (www.***.de)?
This brings up an interesting point: if you have an informational site in English, would you also want to have it hosted in co.uk? Google uk also has the option of just searching UK sites. I wonder what percentage of UK search are just for the UK? Anyone have any ideas about this?