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Mirroring Multi-Location Sites V Just Pointing Domains

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#1 dilby


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Posted 31 July 2013 - 12:47 PM

Hi all -


I run a small UK business and currently have a .co.uk website, but am looking to move back to my home country (Australia) and set up the business there while keeping my UK market. 

I have read through the International / Multilingual section of this forum, and have a better understanding of the options I have. What I'd like to do is keep my .co.uk domain and also get a .com.au domain

and have both websites. For a good while at least, the content will be the same minus how I set up location-based keywords/tags etc, so it's probably not worth having 2 versions of content if it can be avoided, and from what I've read I won't be penalised for duplicate content, rather Google will just only filter the .co.uk or the .com.au to the correct country (I will set both up as separate profiles and geotarget them in WMT). 


My question is do I really need to mirror both websites, or can I just point each domain to the same IP? 


Any other advice appreciated.



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 03:15 AM

Keep them both, host them on the same IP if you must.


Add two x-default-hreflang tags to each page on both sites.  See this URL for more details:




So for page "/product1/info.html" on both the co.uk and .com.au sites, the tags should be something like this:

<link rel="alternate" href="http://www.mysite.co.uk/product1/info.html" hreflang="en-gb" />
<link rel="alternate" href="http://www.mysite.com.au/product1/info.html" hreflang="en-au" />

And for the home page, the tags would be:

<link rel="alternate" href="http://www.mysite.co.uk/" hreflang="en-gb" />
<link rel="alternate" href="http://www.mysite.com.au/" hreflang="en-au" />

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#3 dilby


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Posted 06 August 2013 - 04:30 AM

Thanks for the reply, Alan! That seems like a good idea. I'll let you know how I get on!

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