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Google Webmaster Tools geographic target setting



9:01 am on Apr 26, 2011 (gmt 0)


I am new to Google webmaster, only signed up for my new site.

Anyway I see it has Geographic target and you can pick a country, if I was to pick UK, would I be dropped out google.com, or would I say but not rank high?

Also if I was to pick UK would I be put in google.co.uk or would I be put in google.co.uk UK pages links, or should it be both?

Thank you for your help



1:36 pm on Apr 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

Forgot to say and I can't seem to edit my post to add it.

The site is on a server in the UK with a UK IP address (at the moment), my domain is a .co

The site is a dating site.
I am wanting to target the UK first, then Europe, then USA


1:47 pm on Apr 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

Google will certainly not drop your you site from any indexes.

I guess they will boost your ranking for UK users, but by how much (if any) remains a mystery (to me at least).


3:51 pm on Apr 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

There was an issue a while ago where an ex-employee with access to webmaster tools went in and maliciously set the country targeting to Tuvalu. The rankings in other countries certainly dropped at that time. The web site lost a lot of traffic.

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