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9/28/09
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Geotargetting & .CM Domains Questions

Hi,
 
I have a few questions about country code domains and geotargeting in webmaster tools. I understand that geotargeting is available in webmaster tools for TLD's only, but am unsure of how much weight country code domains pull on their own.
 
I had grabbed a few .cm domains with the intention of developing sites on them, but now I am wondering if I even stand a chance of ranking in Google in my area (USA). Would the country code domain prevent me from ranking in the main Google or is there something else I can do to let Google know that these pages are not strictly for Cameroon?
 
I was wondering if Google was considering offering the ability to adjust geotargeting for .cm domains like they do with .tv & .me?
 
Thanks in advance!
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Google user
9/28/09
Google user
Hi

No idea what Google are considering but doubtful. Where would this stop, I wouldn't mind a .it domain but Italy might not be happy, how about .tm, that would be popular.  Unless the whole domain issue is thrown wide open, your domains are likely to remain unchanged, automatically geo-targeted to Cameroon.

Not impossible to have these rank in searches elsewhere but you are disadvantaging yourself. Might be better to shelve the idea, unless you come up with good uses where search engines aren't the first thought, or ideas so stunningly popular they will succeed anyway. 
9/28/09
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AJ's
Hi,
 
Thank you very much for the thoughtful answer. That is what I am afraid of - it could be a disadvantage and before I spend hundreds of hours developing content, I wanted to be sure. Unfortunately, these were to be purely informational type sites so not much sense in an ad spend. Oh well, they make nice redirects I suppose. Although I caution everyone not to make my mistake - those .cm domains cost over $100/yr each (ouch!).
 
I did find some information on a geotargeting meta tag...
 
<meta name="geo.placename" content="United States" />
<meta name="geo.position" content="x;x" />
<meta name="geo.region" content="usa" />
<meta name="ICBM" content="x,x" />
 
Just out of curiosity, I will try that approach for one domain with some content and wait and see if it has any effect in Google.
 
Thanks again :-)
JohnMu
9/28/09
JohnMu
Hi Amberhere
We generally ignore geo-meta tags like that because we've found that they're generally incorrect (copy & pasted from a template, etc).

Generally speaking, I wouldn't assume that the domain name is worthless -- there are a lot of non-US sites that rank well world-wide, similarly it's possible for .cm sites to rank well world-wide. You won't be able to set up geotargeting for a country other than Cameroon at the moment, but that shouldn't stop you from launching an international site.

Hope it helps!
John
m0nkey
11/16/09
m0nkey
I too wonder if purchasing a .cm tld domain is worth the cost. I do know I can't afford a prime .com, so maybe I'll give it a go and see how far I can get. I haven't seen any .cm domains in a Google listing though, so this may be a red flag.
Google user
11/16/09
Google user
Hold on.

What do you mean about affording a prime .com ?
Are we talking about buying a normal/available .com - or talking about paying for one of those extortionately priced farmed domains off ripoff companies that buy up domains and squat on them?

 
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