Hi there. I have a question relating to international SEO.
My client`s website has three country versions: New Zealand, Australia and UK using a *.com TLD.
As they are a new Zealand company, they want the New Zealand homepage to be the default when the visitor enters via .com from wthin New Zealand. (They use IP Geo targeting for the other 2 countries.)
They have opted to redirect the .com page to the .com/nz homepage using a 302 rather than a 301. (I can only assume they want to retain the .com homepage in the index).
My question is what best practice should I recommend? Should they set the redirect as 301 (though I notice that a number of global sites use 302s as well - ibm.com, microsoft.com to name a couple).
And/or should they create a default home page with a country selector and then mark up the country-specific pages with rel="alternate" hreflang="x"?
Any thoughts welcome.