Possible to use same content on separate domains that target different countries?

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Hi Guys,

As the title suggests, is it possible to have 2 separate sites with a lot of the same content, but avoid duplicate content issues if they are targeting different countries?

For example, say I had a mens lifestyle blog.

menswebsite.com would primarily target the US.

If I wanted to target the UK so that certain things on the site could be more country specific, probably 80% of the .com site content would still be relavent to UK users. It's not like it's in a different language or anything.

So could I have menswebsite.co.uk and use 80% the exact same content as on the previous domain and then 20% unique to the UK? And not face duplicate content and ranking issues?

Men's health has separate websites.... menshealth.com and menshealth.co.uk (and all their other country specific domains) and it appears to be different content on each domain. I don't know for sure.

Is it possible to have an overlap of content when you're targeting different countries with separate sites?

Likewise, could the same thing be done with a subdomain... so uk.menswebsite.com has 80% the same content as menswebsite.com but targets the UK specifically in the serps whereas the .com targets the US?

Thanks in advance,

Matt
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  • Profile picture of the author ronnieavelino
    Originally Posted by Matt.Lake View Post

    Hi Guys,

    As the title suggests, is it possible to have 2 separate sites with a lot of the same content, but avoid duplicate content issues if they are targeting different countries?

    For example, say I had a mens lifestyle blog.

    menswebsite.com would primarily target the US.

    If I wanted to target the UK so that certain things on the site could be more country specific, probably 80% of the .com site content would still be relavent to UK users. It's not like it's in a different language or anything.

    So could I have menswebsite.co.uk and use 80% the exact same content as on the previous domain and then 20% unique to the UK? And not face duplicate content and ranking issues?

    Men's health has separate websites.... menshealth.com and menshealth.co.uk (and all their other country specific domains) and it appears to be different content on each domain. I don't know for sure.

    Is it possible to have an overlap of content when you're targeting different countries with separate sites?

    Likewise, could the same thing be done with a subdomain... so uk.menswebsite.com has 80% the same content as menswebsite.com but targets the UK specifically in the serps whereas the .com targets the US?

    Thanks in advance,

    Matt
    Hi Matt.Lake,

    I think that would be a bad idea Why not create a quality content for each domain? It will surely benefits you a lot in terms of quality content and avoid future penalization.

    Regards,

    Ronnie Avelino
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt.Lake
    Thanks but I just want to know if it's possible.

    The content quality would be amazing, but an article for the US site could be just as applicable on the UK site and it would be a waste to only use it on the one site.

    The sites would technically be in different SERPS so I'm just wondering if its even possible.

    Matt
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Duplicate content is not "penalty" duplicate content when
      doing what you propose.

      Not sure if you mean different language and target country...
      but many big sites have tons of mirror sites with the
      same stuff in a different language.

      The best way to target different countries, is with a country
      tld and hosting in that country.

      This may not be a great example, but check out:
      amazon.com
      amazon.co.uk
      amazon.ca

      Granted, there may be some country-specific items that get
      more exposure on each...

      The point being, amazon has more than one domain for
      various reasons, literally the same stuff.

      Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author hadtic
    It will be classed as duplicate content and picked up the next time big G does an update. Write good fresh content for both sites and you will not be hit.
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    • Profile picture of the author paulgl
      Originally Posted by hadtic View Post

      It will be classed as duplicate content and picked up the next time big G does an update. Write good fresh content for both sites and you will not be hit.
      Complete rubbish. Did you read a thing?

      You are obviously seriously confused about duplicate content.

      Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author Tacit
    You will be fine, just read this first: http://support.google.com/webmasters...&answer=182192 , specifically the last paragraph.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matt.Lake
      Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

      Duplicate content is not "penalty" duplicate content when
      doing what you propose.

      Not sure if you mean different language and target country...
      but many big sites have tons of mirror sites with the
      same stuff in a different language.

      The best way to target different countries, is with a country
      tld and hosting in that country.

      This may not be a great example, but check out:
      amazon.com
      amazon.co.uk
      amazon.ca

      Granted, there may be some country-specific items that get
      more exposure on each...

      The point being, amazon has more than one domain for
      various reasons, literally the same stuff.

      Paul
      Thanks Paul, you understand and that's exactly what I was hoping.

      In a lot of cases, the language for each site would be the same i.e. US, UK, Australia and Canada so a lot of the content would potentially be "exactly" the same.

      My concern was that that may cause issues as opposed to the text being in a whole different language.

      Originally Posted by Tacit View Post

      You will be fine, just read this first: Multi-regional and multilingual sites - Webmaster Tools Help , specifically the last paragraph.
      Thanks. I did actually read that before posting this thread. I see it does technically mention that it's possible, but it got a little confusing!

      Matt
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    They almost have the same content. Yet targeting different countries. So I think there's nothing to worry about.
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