Google’s Matt Cutts: User Redirection Based On Location Is Not Spam

Matt CuttsGoogle’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, posted a video yesterday clearly stating the geo-location or redirecting users based on their location is not spam. Google will not consider a site that uses geo-location techniques as spam.

What Google does consider spam is when you redirect GoogleBot to a web page of content that users cannot see. That is considered spam and a form of cloaking, according to Google’s guidelines. Google expects you treat GoogleBot as a user accessing your web site from the United States.

Here is the video from Matt:

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  • Abdul Wahab

    Is not this already being cleared by Google a long ago??

  • Li Ma

    I got the part of geotargeting country specific users, how about on a state or city level within the US? Can we georedirect users based on the state/city, but still showing Google the default landing page?

  • borzom

    This is useless. By redirecting the GoogleBot to the US version of the site, this means other versions will simply never be indexed…

  • http://www.robertreynard.com Robert Reynard

    You’re right, I’ve always understood that Google only crawls from US IP addresses. So unless this has changed recently, I don’t think geo-redirecting Googlebot like every other visitor is a proper solution.

  • http://www.internetwage.com/ Richard

    I couldn’t watch the video, that yellow t-shirt is too awful!

  • David H. McGuire

    They crawl from different Geo located IP addresses so eventually they will index the specific country/language redirect pages.

  • http://www.llt-group.com/seo.html JeremySeoChicago

    I understand that Googlebot assumes that they know what page/domain you want to navigate to, but I could see why some people are upset with this.

  • Daniel Benny Simanjuntak

    This is the most straight forward answer you have ever given in the history of straight forward answers.

  • Daniel Benny Simanjuntak

    This is the most straight forward answer you have ever given in the history of straight forward answers.

  • Daniel Benny Simanjuntak

    GEO location based content or webpage version redirection is very good for the Users, But google doesn’t count it as duplicate issue?

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  • Mark Stockton

    I think there’s an important word missing from your headline:

    “Google’s Matt Cutts: User Redirection Based On Location Is Not Spam….” Yet.

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  • Rich Paul

    That I my question, too. if we geotarget to the city level, Google would always go to Mountain View, CA, or the city their crawler is in.

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    I got it! Thanks for your hot answer.

  • borzom

    They don’t crawl from every country. So it is dead cause.

  • David H. McGuire

    Who said they crawl from every country?

  • borzom

    Exactly :)

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