Sunday, July 26, 2009

Google Webmaster Tool: Geographic Target

Google provides a lot of tools that will help websites perform better with their Search Engine. One of these tools is the Google Webmaster Tools.

For this post we will talk about Geographic Target:

1. If you are logged in to Google, click My Account
2. Then click Webmaster Tools
3. In the Dashboard click Site Configuration
4. Then go to Settings
5. On the right side of the page you will find a drop down list and a check box labeled Geographic target.
6. In my case, I am getting most of my traffic from the US so I set my target to that location.

What is the purpose of this setting? As you know Google has many localized domains. is for canada. is for the philippines, is for the US. Google displays slightly different results depending on the target region. Changing this setting will help you rank better in your chosen region.