When we did that, what I found out with Shopify has something to do with the pricing concerns of the platform which prompted us to make a .com.au version on top of the .com initial version of the website.
So, for the clients, if we are going to show them pricing in US Dollars we need to redirect them to the .com domain, if we have to show them product pricing in AU dollars, allegedly, we need to redirect them conveniently to the .com.au domain.
So, what I've done, as their website manager, is duplicate the domain .com and .com.au. So I can have USD pricing for clients at .com and AUD pricing for the clients at .com.au.
What we did was, we redirected most of the links to the .com.au domain when I re-launched the website because the .com.au domain is brand new, and we want it to get indexed.
For at least 4-5 weeks, this seems to have worked for both sites as they were indexed without issues.
My concern though is that the .com version, as reported by GSC, has several pages valid pages record which is more than the actual number of pages on the .com version of the website.
Please see attached screenshot https://prnt.sc/uky6o3
Meanwhile, the .com.au version, still being reported by GSC, only shows a few 100 pages, which is a more realistic account of the actual number of pages on the website.
Please see attached screenshot https://prnt.sc/uky9gp
Additionally, we changed to redirect so that the previous URL on the Magento CMS redirected to the .com.au domain on Shopify. We changed those redirects to point to the .com domain because we wanted to get these pages to rank better since there is more traffic in the US.
So we wanted to get the traffic for the rankings of these ones more compared in Australia, because Australia seems to stop ranking quite well and quite quickly, so we push them back to this one so that they should start to rank.
The problem now is that these pages are not ranking very well at all. They are not being indexed properly. When you check it at google search console, it says not indexed. But, if you are going to search it on the google search engine, it will appear and stated as indexed. Moreover, the keywords are previously ranking for the wrong pages.
Please, I appreciate whatever inputs the community can provide for this dilemma. Thank you so very much in advance Warrior Forum SEO Community!