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    geo targeting with ccTLD

    Hello guys, this is my first post so i want to say hello to all

    I'm new to seo and maybe this is a silly question.

    I have a generic TLD (.com) and recently i bought a country code TLD (.com.cy) because i'm going to move permanently there.

    What i shall do now to target clients in cyprus?
    I have red that if your main site is a gTLD and your are using a 301 redirect of a ccTLD (.com.cy ) to you gTLD (.com) then the major search engines will eventually use the redirected ccTLD to determine your location.

    Is this correct? what i must do?

    I dont want to do a 302 redirect for every page in the .com domain and also i dont want to cancel my .com because i will loose my backlinks and rankings for various keywords.

    Finally i want to keep the .com for worldwide coverage.

    what i shall do?

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    this is really difficult to judge without some background to the site. At some point you mention the importance of worldwide coverage, at another to target local clients - well, why not have two sites for exactly that purpose and link from one to the other?
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    ok lets forget the global coverage.

    how i can use the .com.cy to target cyprus. (i want to keep my .com) and also avoid duplicate content.

    what if i redirect the .com.cy to .com?

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    Host the site on a Cypriot server, have a local address on the pages, submit it to the local business listings, get backlinks from Cypriot sites etc etc... make it clear to Google that it is a site in Cyprus.

    You'll struggle to target worldwide AND local with the same site simply because it's a conflicting message unless you go easy on the Cyprus references and hope that Google's preference for showing local results for local searches compensates for the lack of Cyprus references.
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