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7:58 pm on Oct 11, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I have an ecomm store, with customers wordwide (a few anyway, it's a smallish niche)
the store operates from 3 domains - well the same name but 3 tlds ... for UK, EU and USA (the rest of the world uses the US site, theoretically anyway)

i recently obtained a short domain name ... i'm planning to use it on social media as a url-shortener, also at a b&m location, where it is much easier for people to enter it into their phones.

my plan was to use the .com version of the short name - and then when the url is called, use an ip to location database to redirect to one of the 3 main website.
in other words each short url ... can be redirected to one of three pages ... either the uk, eu or us website.

might this cause me issues with search robots at some point if these short urls are used on social media or even if it is used as a link from a website, someone i meet could be a blogger or whatever and use it.
9:03 pm on Oct 11, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Hello-

Not really an answer to your questions, but here are some comments:

- Social Networks are already using their own shorting URLs and redirection services,

- If you want to make it easier for people to visit your site from their phone, create QR Codes, they'll just have to scan the code with their smartphone, and they'll be taken to your site / page. You can generate QR Code, in PHP , if you want to automate the process. (other languages certainly have libraries to do this too).
9:43 pm on Oct 11, 2019 (gmt 0)

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i take your points, jorgeV ... thank-you for your answers and i agree to some extent.

although, in my experience, a lot of people don't use QR codes, especially the middle aged - who are my main customers. i think it's a good idea though and i have used QR codes on some promotional material before (leaflets).

- Social Networks are already using their own shorting URLs and redirection services,


yes, for their own tracking, however, twitter at least shows the url i enter into the tweet (it does redirect via their own shortener, which ironically is longer than the url i've used), i have literally seen though ... someone use their phone for twitter and then type a url they've seen, into their desktop browser