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Great post by Vanessa Fox and her thoughts on "the most awesomest feature ever of Google’s Webmaster Tools" being that you can now tell them geographic data for your site.

I’m loving everything Google and others are doing to improve local search, and I’m surprised so few are as excited about it as I am.
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from Burgo 2581 Days ago #
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I’m really impressed that Google’s heard the voices regarding this feature... I can’t count how many times I’ve seen it on a "wishlist".

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from jeffquipp 2581 Days ago #
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Here here ... very much needed, though I can see in some cases why advertisers might want to opt out of completing it.

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from ChristophGummersbach 2581 Days ago #
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Great move from Google! Specially for local advertisers definetely favourable. Even greater value if Google would provide a more detailled granularity of geographic definitions - ideally just the Google Maps tool in IP-based local AdWords to draw regions of target deliberately ...

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from DrPete 2580 Days ago #
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I was a bit surprised to see this article come from Vanessa. I’m glad to see she still has a good relationship with Google and am even happier that her departure didn’t mean a lessened commitment to Google’s relationship with developers. There seem to be a lot of recent changes in Webmaster Tools.

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from Sebastian 2580 Days ago #
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I liked the original title better.

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from g1smd 2580 Days ago #
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Vanessa’s other comments are here: http://www.vanessafoxnude.com/2007/10/30/google-tell-them-geographic-data/   

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from seosuresh 2580 Days ago #
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Thanks for the Article.I tried to update our Site, But it is giving me an error. It says: No such State/Province in this country. Please enter a valid State name (or Province name)I guess i have wait and see

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from NickWilsdon 2580 Days ago #
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It’s a good feature, especially for sites that have set up the sub-domain structure on a com/net or org. I’d still strongly recommend going with a ccTLD over that set up though as some of the local engines look to the extension for inclusion. There’s also the branding issue, it’s preferably to stick to the country extension and I think this trend will increase in the future (esp as .com availability decreases even further). Good addition though to WMC - the local aspects are especially interesting (by state etc). That’s probably where I would use it.

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from planetc1 2580 Days ago #
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My apologies. No offense intended with initial title.

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from Sebastian 2580 Days ago #
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The initial title "Vanessa Fox Nude in Washington" was better. Everybody knows Vanessa, but who’s Mr. GoogleLocalized? Never heard of this guy while spreading servers all over the globe to rank where I host ...

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from vanessafox 2580 Days ago #
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My comment about it being the most awesomest ever was both because as Burgo mentioned above, so many people have asked for it for so long and because it was Buffy night so I hypothetically may have had a bit of vodka. Heh.In any case, DrPete, ’course I still have a good relationship with my former team and they definitely are still plowing full steam ahead.

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from tvaughan 2580 Days ago #
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It’s so close - and a "most aweseome" addition to WMC I agree - but it is still not a final solution for global web sites that don’t use subdomains to identify target countries.  I hope Google isn’t checking this off the list as complete as there’s still more work to do to provide the most comprehensive country-specific indices.

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from KDye 2579 Days ago #
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If you’ve got a .co.uk site that targets people out of the UK you are out of luck - there’s no option to say that you really want to target another country instead.

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from diagnostix 2553 Days ago #
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Has anyone got this to work? I’ve tried it on our taiwan website to get it indexed into the taiwan search engine, but so far it still doesn’t recognise the site to be targeted to taiwan.

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