Dumb SEO Questions

(Entry was posted by נתן גאידאי on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, January 21, 2021).

Loading the correct domain based on location

In this case:
"Country specific domains
Say you have www.example.com targeting the US, and www.example.co.uk targeting the UK. Both websites sell kitchen apparel, and have identical product descriptions. But because the pricing and delivery costs differ, you want to make sure you`re sending the right people to the right website, and of course, you want to avoid duplicate content.
href lang attributes are the answer here. They tell Google which page targets which country, so Google can display the .com website to US searchers, and the co.uk website to people from the UK." (https://www.siteguru.co/seo-academy/duplicate-content)

There is no need for a canonical tag because there is a language tag? I am confused

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YOUR ANSWERS

Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.

  • Richard Hearne: > There is no need for a canonical tag because there is a language tag? I am confusedEntirely different tags/signals, and can compliment or interfere with each other. Canonical tags are useful on every page to help Google decide what the canonical version of a given page is.HREFLANG signals help to indicate which lang version URL of a given piece of content you want users to be directed to from search results. Generally, if you have multiple versions (even same language), each should self-canonicalise, and then you can also present HREFLANG tags to guide Google on which version to direct users to based on their location/language preferences.There are advanced uses of canonicalisation and HREFLANG for same LANG (despite some SEOs claiming otherwise - they probably never tested). But I would steer well clear of this if your confused about HREFLANMG and canonicalisation.
  • נתן גאידאי: Richard Hearne So I imagine only use Hreflang but canonizing it does not mean it will rank for that language / area.So if someone speaks Russian but lives in the US and he searches in Russian he will get the Russian version of a US based page or what? It`s so confusing
  • Richard Hearne: If you have nothing positive to provide then maybe best you leave this group Sam Mah?

View original question in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, January 21, 2021).

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