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    Dave.Goralski
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    Hi all

    Looking for some advice on how best to clean up our websites stucture, and looking for the best practice to do so

    Currently we have

    http://www.whatmoughcontrol.com (aus)
    http://www.coolabode.com (canada)
    http://www.coolabode.com.au (nothing on here yet aus)
    http://www.coolabode.ca (nothing on here yet canada)

    At the moment whatmoughcontrol.com is the main aus website, but I will be moving it over including name changes to coolabode.com.au. I will probably then just leave whatmoughcontrol as a redirect

    My thoughts are to have coolabode.com as a redirect page to either coolabode.ca (for north america) or coolabode.com.au, not sure if this should be a landing page with options or a automatic redirect based on IP address

    Both these sites will have some duplicate content because the both apply to the same business model, but are in different countries.

    Regards

    Dave

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    JohnW
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    Hi Dave,

    Check your site http://www.coolabode.com URGENTLY!

    There is a tech problem that is allowing users access to your index. Your Home page displays as:

    “Index of /
    .DS_Store
    .TemporaryItems/
    etc.
    Apache mod_fcgid/2.3.6 mod_auth_passthrough/2.1 mod_bwlimited/1.4 FrontPage/5.0.2.2635 Server at http://www.coolabode.com Port 80″

    http://www.whatmoughcontrol.com
    This site is not recognised by Google as an Australian site.

    http://www.coolabode.com
    Not recognised by Google as a Canadian site.

    Regs,
    JohnW

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    daydreamer
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    Good idea to change your business name to Coolabode. WhatmoughControl sounds really weird.

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    Rubens
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    As per JohnW, the sites .htaccess files need to be corrected for correct indexing (let me know if I can help you with that).

    With regard to your question:

    • An IP redirect is the simplest way for the consumer. Ultimately the easier your make it the better.
    • Hosting location will improve your organic search results. (If you want your site to show up for country-restricted searches, make sure it uses a country-specific domain (such as http://www.example.com.br). If you use a domain that isn’t country specific (such as .com), make sure that the IP address of the site is located in that country.)
    • Thinking outside the box: Run a directory sub structure as opposed to duplicating the entire site. (Think Apple.com)

    Hope that helps,

    Rubens

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    Stuart B
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    daydreamer, post: 87512 wrote:
    Good idea to change your business name to Coolabode. WhatmoughControl sounds really weird.

    Yeah I was trying to figure out if it was a spelling error meant to be Whatmouth or something…

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    Aidan
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    I really would not worry about server location I have never known it to be a hindrance assuming the setup is of average speed or better!

    Take a look at workathomefiles.com for example – no .com.au, not hosted in Australia, but does very well with minimal effort on Google in Oz!

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    JohnW
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    Hi Dave,
    If you are going to have duplicate content on the two sites, you may want to use your Webmasters Tools to specify that one domain is aimed at Canada and the other at Aust.

    At the moment http://www.whatmoughcontrol.com is excluded from any Aust pages searches as it must be hosted overseas. The same change in this Webmasters Tools function would enable this site to qualify for Aust pages searches.

    Regs,
    JohnW

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    Dave.Goralski
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    Thanks for the replies

    I have been working all day to relocate all the sites to a new host and to clean them up a little in the process, hence some of the problems that were pointed out, again thanks.

    Thanks John for the advice about the webmasters location advice, I happened to stumble upon it today anyway in the course of changes but this is one bit of info I wish I new earlier

    To ask the question again that still eludes me, am I better to have a landing page on the redirect URL coolabode.com that let’s users select there location ( either coolabode.com.au or coolabode.ca) or is automatic the way to go.

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    seocourse
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    Aidan, post: 87524 wrote:
    I really would not worry about server location I have never known it to be a hindrance assuming the setup is of average speed or better!

    Take a look at this work from home site for example – no .com.au, not hosted in Australia, but does very well with minimal effort on Google in Oz!

    Love the anchor link mate.

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    Aidan
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    Whoops Gab – forgot links in posts are followed for us long-timers, now amended to less anchor-y version!

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    seocourse
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    Aidan, post: 87611 wrote:
    Whoops Gab – forgot links in posts are followed for us long-timers, now amended to less anchor-y version!

    hahaaha

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    profitclicks
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    Aidan, post: 87524 wrote:
    I really would not worry about server location I have never known it to be a hindrance assuming the setup is of average speed or better!

    Take a look at workathomefiles.com for example – no .com.au, not hosted in Australia, but does very well with minimal effort on Google in Oz!

    Agree with Aidan on this one – your domain name and hosting are only two of the many signals that Google will use to determine if your site is an Australian site.

    Google Webmasters is another signal and also the links pointing to your site is another indicator. If a series of .com.au or sites known to be Australian point to you, that helps more so than your domain suffix and hosting location in my experience.

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