Can we implement hreflang on root domain for one country and on sub-folder for another country?

Is it possible for 2 countries, we can implement hreflang tags on root domain and a sub-folder, for example for US hreflang on and for Italy can we do it like this?

I have added both urls in Google search console & submitted separate sitemaps, but Google is counting all pages (including sub-folders) for the main domain, so I am thinking that Google is considering main domain (root domain) as a whole website not a country specific as per hreflang.

If you know about this or have similar experience, then Appreciate your help! Thanks, Adil

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Does a country code secondary domain (such as have lower ranking than a ccTLD (such as .nl) with content specific for that country?

I know that search engines like Google value more country code top level domains (ccTLD) on content that is specific to residents living in said countries, that is, the website hosted at and whose content is specific for Dutch visitors has a higher rank than

And what about Does this example is negatively affected in contrast to

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Tips for Scrape non-english country specific list?

Hey, guys.
I would like some tips from the community.
I am trying to rank a non-english site for a particular country.
I realized that it is very difficult for GSA to link to the country I want in the default settings.
I think it’s because footprints are optimized for English.
Do you have any tips or tutorials on how I can rank for a specific country and non-english site?

Does localised content between two cities in the same country cause duplicate content issues for search engines?

I realize this question is very similar to many questions already asked, but please bear with me as I haven’t been able to find any answers that apply to my situation specifically.

Basically I’m building a site that is split in two because once a user arrives on the site, they’re asked to choose their location and then they will be taken to the content for that location. The content is nearly identical for both locations, as there are only minor details changed (like price and address, etc.)

The difference here is that the two locations are two different cities within the same province of the same country. So a lot of the answers I’ve found don’t quite apply as they’re targeted more for different countries or languages.

First I’ll explain how I’ve built the site. It’s built on WordPress and just uses one domain, no subdomains or anything. There’s a landing page that has a link to each location. Upon choosing a location, you’re taken to the homepage for that location, which is the “Parent page” for that half of the site. All of the other pages for that location are children. A nav bar is served up based on the location you’ve chosen so that only links to that location are available. The URLs look like this:

My question is, do I need to be worried about duplicate content with Google, and how do I make sure that the correct location’s pages are being served to the correct people?

I’ve found a few solutions to similar questions, such as:

  1. rel="alternate" hreflang="x" but this seems to be more for targeting different languages or at least different countries, which is not my case. As far as I understand this tag, I’d be putting in the same info for both locations anyway.

  2. canonical also doesn’t quite fit as I understand that it dictates which content is the “main content”, however for me neither is the “main” content, it just depends on where the user is located. I want whichever location they’re searching for to be prioritized.

Maybe I’m just misunderstanding how some of this works, and maybe I have nothing to worry about at all. But I’ve been reading and researching for a while and I can’t find anything that speaks to my specific situation and I don’t want to get penalized for duplicate content.

Thanks in advance for the help!

SEO effects of redirecting from top level country domain to subdirectories on gLTD

I am developing a website which has 6-7 translations, the client owns the top level domain (.fr, .de, etc.) and wants to use these domains to direct users to the gTLD subfolder. I will be using Hreflang tags on the pages, but am wondering if there will be negative consequences from the redirects?

Site country on Verified urls

I think it will be nice and handy to have the country column in the Verified list of urls. If GSA can identify the country (based on domain tld and others), it will be helpful for guys who aren’t working with xxx,xxx,xxx of urls to avoid certain tlds/hosts. I know it can be done while posting, but I think it can be useful if you want to re-target certain sites/languages.
Not sure if it’s easy or not, but the data is already collected while posting (in the Last Verified).
What do you think?