I'm formulating an SEO plan for my company's entire web presence, which spans several sites in several countries.
I guess my most basic question is this: does Google index pages according to the country in which the server that hosts the site is located and display the corresponding results pages on the different country versions of Google? Stated another way, for a site hosted in another country, is it a reasonable goal to try to get high rankings in google.com or just google.ca?
For a specific example, one of my company's sites is <removed domain>. If you search for <removed keywords> on google.ca, whether Search the Web or Search Canada pages is selected, <removed domain> is in first place.
On google.com, however, <remvoed domain> is nowhere to be seen for <removed keywords>.
The server that hosts <removed domain> is in fact located in Canada - is this what is preventing a decent ranking on google.com?
On a related note, the company's main website, <removed 2nd domain>, automatically detects a country based on a visitor's IP address and displays different pages accordingly. Would the same thing be done for the search engine spiders?
For instance, would the google.com.au spider index the same content that a visitor with an Australian IP address would see? Would the google.com spider index the content for a US IP address?
And going back to the original question, would it be harder for <removed 2nd domain> to earn high rankings on google.com because the server is hosted in Australia?
I guess I have more than one question here - just trying to get my head around this whole issue. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Edited by Randy, 06 August 2008 - 06:29 PM.
Removed domains per forum rules, and keywords for your own good so this thread doesn't start ranking for your terms.