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Same Content, Multiple Sub-Domains?

Discussion in 'SEO & SEM Discussions' started by .Joel, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. .Joel

    .Joel Membership: Community

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    Hi All,

    Question, more related to a new site build than it is a domain sale. I want to localise the way some information is presented, so the theory:

    Domain.com >> Detect User Country >> Redirect to Country Subdomain

    Australia = http://au.domain.com
    United States = http://us.domain.com
    China = http://cn.domain.com

    Now the content on all 3 sub domains is the same, however under the au.domain.com sub domain the content is more localised for Australian viewers. So the news, information, and general operation of the site is customised for Australian users, and likewise for the United States and China sub domains.

    My question is, how can I avoid being penalised by Google? How can the local subdomains be relevant to local search, without Google penalising me for having the same content, all be it displayed in a different order, across multiple sub-domains.

    Can I tell google to reference the subdomain local to that country? Or another way?
     
  2. FirstPageResults

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  3. .Joel

    .Joel Membership: Community

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    Hi, thank you very much for the information!
     
  4. James

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    try and make them in sub folders if possible example (reason been it will work far better for internal linking)

    domain.com/us
    domain.com/au

    As above then geo target the sub folders.