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In Google Webmaster tools I have specified the main site, example.com, as not having a geographic location. This site is in English and I want to target the whole world.
The site has a subdomain, es.example.com, which targets only the country of Spain. I have added this URL to Webmaster Tools and have specified the geographic location as Spain. Vanessa Fox posted at SearchEngineLand that this was possioble (for subdomains or folders).
Now, 2 weeks later, when I search for a specific string from the Spanish subdomain in google.es with the "sites from Spain" option selected it still doesn't show up. If I select the "sites in Spanish" option it does, with a cache date later than the date on which I made the change in W.Tools.
Has anybody actually got this to work? Is it just a question of time? Will Google only show it in the sites in Spanish option and not the sites from Spain option, despite what they gave to understand?
Weird thing is that I set ours for USA and then we got bombarded with international orders. I turned it back off and it's back to normal with in a couple of days.
Too quirky for me. I'm leaving it off for now.
Over on G.ie we're finding quite a number of pages in the PFI results that in theory shouldn't be there... (US hosted .coms)
The main domain shows up in all other international searches.
So it looks like the changes take around 3 months to take effect.
[edited by: WebWalla at 6:28 pm (utc) on Feb. 25, 2008]