Google: Setting A Geographic Target Doesn't Prevent Your Site From Showing In Other Locations

Nov 12, 2019 - 8:06 am 5 by

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John Mueller of Google reminds us that when you use the geographic target setting in Google Search Console it will not stop you from getting traffic to your site from users outside of that target region. All it does is help Google understand your site might be more relevant in specific Google regions but not to prevent your site from showing in other locations.

John Mueller posted this on Twitter, he said "Geotargeting doesn't restrict a site to only be shown in that location."

He added later that if you want to restrict specific regions from hitting your site, you need to do that on your end.

The Geographic Target is an old Search Console featuring coming to the tool in 2007.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

 

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