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Published on Feb 16, 2013

Fabrizzio from SEO Moz forums asks,

"In my company we are launching a new website and there's an issue it's been bothering me for a while. I'm sure you guys can help me out.

I already have a website, let's say ABC.com

I'm preparing a localized version of that website for the uk so we'll launch ABC.co.uk

Basically the websites are going to be exactly the same with the difference of the homepage. They have a slightly different proposition.

Using GeoIP I will redirect the UK traffic to ABC.co.uk and the rest of the traffic will still visit .com website.

May google penalize this? The site itself it will be almost the same but the homepage. This may count as duplicate content even if I'm geo-targeting different regions so they will never overlap.

Thanks in advance for you advice"

SOLUTION

1. Get a webmaster tools profile for each of the sites. Mark the .com version as USA or worldwide and mark the UK version as UK
2. Implement the "hreflang" meta data into the site header or sitemap. Using the web master guidelines located here:
http://support.google.com/webmasters/...

If you have any SEO questions feel free to get in contact with me on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/rtavs

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