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Same Content Two Different Websites In Countries With Same Language


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#1 Auke

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Posted 01 October 2014 - 07:14 AM

We have two sites where users can sign-up and can create an online garden plan.

We launched the website in different countries now.

 

Our country is the Netherlands and we have recently launched a website for Belgium.

But Belgium has the same language as the Netherlands (Belgium has two languages actually)

 

So the blogposts and content written in dutch are the same as in the Netherlands. 

as a matter a fact the Belgium site has a different url and domain extension but has the same content.

 

Will that cause any issues with rankings?

Will Google see this as duplicated content?

 

How should we approach this to get the most out off the two websites SEO wise?

 

Should we write different blogposts for both websites?

 

Thanks for all your help!

 

Auke

 



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Posted 01 October 2014 - 09:52 AM

A few questions to clarify the situation in my brain:

 

Do the two sites have country-specific top level domains (such as ".be" and ".nl") or are they both relatively generic (i.e. ".com")?

 

What are the differences between the two sites? (In other words, why do you have two sites, and not simply one site targeting two locations?)

 

Are all the blog posts written in Dutch? Or are some intended for Belgium written in other languages, such as French or German?

 

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#3 Auke

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Posted 02 October 2014 - 01:08 AM

Ho Torka,

 

Thanks for your reply!

 

The websites do have country specific top level domains like .nl and .be

The difference is that we have a section of gardening professionals like landscapers and architects, etc

 

All blog posts are written in Dutch.



#4 chrishirst

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Posted 02 October 2014 - 07:05 AM

Different URLs with the same content in the same language are going to be duplicates.

 

If you are overly concerned about Search you should use canonical URL references for search engines, because unlike server redirects, these do not affect users.

 

http://www.highranki...al-link-element



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Posted 02 October 2014 - 08:54 AM

You could use hreflang to indicate that a pair of pages are written in the same language, but for different audiences, but without any differences whatsoever between the text on the pages, there's really no point. In cases like this, hreflang would be useful if the pages included slight differences that are relevant to the different regions. For example, pages that are both in English, but one contains pricing in Canadian dollars and the other in GBP. But even if the pages you're talking about contain prices, both of the countries you're targeting use Euros.

 

So if I'm correct in assuming that a given pair of pages are absolutely identical, there's no reason to use hreflang.



#6 Auke

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Posted 03 October 2014 - 06:23 AM

Pages are almost identical. But parts like the gardening professionals i mentioned earlier are country specific. That's why we need to have the Belgium website rank in Belgium. At this moment the Dutch website is ranking in Belgium.



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Posted 03 October 2014 - 01:51 PM

You are not in control of what 'ranks' where, Google is you can only 'suggest'.

 

 

At this moment the Dutch website is ranking in Belgium.

How do you know?

 

Your IP is in the Netherlands so you are going to see results for the Netherlands regardless of what "local Google" you use.






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