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what do you think is the preferred setting for a US based site that also serves some foreign customers... Geotarget = "United States" or "unlisted"?
why artificially limit the audience the site is shown to?
can Google, once learned that the webmaster wants to target the site to US visitors, forget about it after I change GWT settings?
Still sounds like anyone would do better for themselves if they filtered the traffic themselves at the checkout time as opposed to allowing Google to decide who should even come through the door... But I guess, you are right - with enough head scratching one can come up with a situation that requires geotargeting. It just seems like such a dangerous setting to play with - I certainly did not quite understood the implications until today. I'm glad I stumbled upon this thread! Thank you for clarifications, tedster.why artificially limit the audience the site is shown to?
Only if you can't serve the international audience (or choose not to). Some offerings are like that.
There is another side to this, too - people complaining that google.tld contains too many TLDs that are either international or from other countries.
hosted in UK
Original had set Geo targeting to UK
On June 14th I changed the settings to US and three days ago, when the Geo targeting kicked in, the following happened (searching from UK IP):
- dropped 2 positions in Google UK (UK tab only)
- jumped a page in Google UK (Web - majority of searches in UK)
- jumped four pages in Google.com
So setting my target as US, actually improved my positions in Google UK for a very relevant keyword term at present. This was done in isolation and there haven't been any other changes. I have some great data to back this up but just waiting for confirmation from Tedster on whether I can use it or not.
Google: This data supplements our existing information, and setting a geographic target won't impact your appearance in search results unless a user limits the scope of the search to a certain country.