Duplicate content across 2 different domains in 2 different countries

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StormDigital
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Hi

 

We have a range of products manufactured in South Africa and distributed in South Africa.  We have the same range manufactured in the USA and distributed in the USA.  

 

We have 2 different domains, mydomain.co.za  & mydomain.com

 

I would want to use the exact same content on both sites, just changing the pricing and addresses depending on the country.

 

I am concerned that this will be flagged as "Duplicate Content".

 

Is there any way around this or any suggestion on how to move forward?

 

Kind regards,
Andrea

This is an accepted solution.

I guess it is ground for Google Penguin and Panda for the duplicate page. 

 

All you have to do is create a page for US and South Africa then set the href lang for the following:

1. en-us for US

2. en-za for South Africa

 

Also, add canonicals to tell the search engine that page is not duplicate.

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smfarley
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Also looking for a solution on this but I don't understand the solution given. Can you describe a bit more? Or lead me in a direction that might help?

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StormDigital
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Hi

Hope I can help.  In my case, I wanted 1 site to show in South Africa(.co.za) and the other  site (.com) to show in the US.  So you will have to repeat this process for both sites.

 

First, I went to the South African site and had to edit the code of the theme to change the <head> tag.

To do this:

Go to your online store

Go to Actions -> Edit Code

In the Layout folder go to theme.liquid  (this may differ depending on your theme)

locate the </head> end tag and paste the following code just above the end of the head tag  

<link rel="canonical" href="http://mydomain.co.za/" />

<link rel="alternate" hreflang ="en-za" href="http://mydomain.co.za/" />
<link rel="alternate" hreflang ="en-us" href="http://mydomain.com/" />

<link rel="alternate" hreflang ="x-default" href="http://mydomain.com/" />

 

Now you need to copy and paste the same code into your .com site (except change the canonical to be the .com extension)

 

Your hreflang would change depending on where you are based and where you want your sites to display.

 

Hope this helps.

Kind regards,
Andrea

 

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smfarley
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Hey Andrea

Thank you for your response!

This does help. Thank You.

So it sounds like I will need 2 different Shopify stores? Or can I put these both under 1 Shopify store?

 

Thank you again for your help!

 

Shannon

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StormDigital
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Hi Shannon

 

I needed 2 stores because I was shipping from 2 different locations and my pricing was different.   

Unfortunately, I am not experienced enough in Shopify to advise on how to do this with 1 store.

 

Andrea

smfarley
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Gotcha. Thank you Andrea! 

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