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Going From .com Listing To Uk Listing In Google
Posted 10 April 2004 - 05:30 AM
I know your going to laugh at me but a few months back I moved my uk based .com website from a host in the uk to a host in the US because it was cheaper. DOH! I didn't realise until afterwards that Google and other search engines look at the IP address of the domain to work out the geographical location of that website. Now I am listed in the .com listings for Google and not .co.uk. Quickly after realising my error a couple of months ago, I moved the website to a London based host but Google hasn't moved my website to the .co.uk listings yet. Yahoo and all the other search engines have moved me back. Am I just being impatient or should Google have moved me back now? I have tried emailing firstname.lastname@example.org a couple of times but to no avail.
Any ideas would be very much appreciated.
Posted 10 April 2004 - 05:33 AM
Posted 10 April 2004 - 05:42 AM
my site is also hosted in the usa and is number 28 in google uk, but is nowhere to be found in google.com!!
Posted 10 April 2004 - 05:42 AM
Surely there must be an alternative to starting all over again? If Google had me in it's UK listing once before, surely I can get it back in there? There are plenty of other .com websites listed in the UK listings.
Posted 10 April 2004 - 05:50 AM
Our web design site is a .com and was excluded from UK only searches. I posted in another topic that both G & Y! seem to have a better understanding of where sites physically are based (not physically hosted, thats a different ballgame) Have you checked that in so far as the web is concerned you are actually classed as being UK? Your site could be hosted on a server in Canary wharf, but if the company hosting it have an American IP block (as most cheap hosts do) then your a Murcan as far as the SE's are concerned.
Posted 10 April 2004 - 06:07 AM
So are you saying that my website might still have a US IP address even though it's located in the UK? How can I find out if I have a US IP address? Anyone know if there's a website or something that I can enter my IP address into to find out?
Posted 10 April 2004 - 06:11 AM
Just ran that tool and it tells me that my website is in the states
Will I have to find yet another hosting company now? I specifically mention to my hosting company that I wanted to appear in the UK listings and they said I definately would. Well obvioulsy not. Now I am really angry but im glad I talked to you guys because I woud have just carried on waiting and waiting.
Posted 10 April 2004 - 06:27 AM
Most hosting companies don't realise the position, they are not being deceptive, they are just ignorant of the fact, that 'physically hosted' does not (contraray to common logic) mean where the server is geographically.
Posted 10 April 2004 - 08:37 AM
Hi my name´s Madams (not my real name of course, no mother would call a child that. No my real name is Pork Chop Chips and Pees)
I was interested with the thread on US hoasting.
I have a .com address that is hoasted in th US.
Will I suffer if searchers click UK sites only?
If so, I have also the .co.uk for my website, can I use this in any way that will help.
Thank you for your time.
Posted 11 April 2004 - 02:48 AM
Posted 11 April 2004 - 04:27 AM
In reality the ONLY surefire way to be included in a UK only search is to have the site hosted on a UK domain. It is no use forwarding a .uk domain to a .com, as the spiders ignore the forwarding, they only log the final destination.
Posted 12 April 2004 - 09:24 AM
What's the point otherwise of having regional searches? If you want to appear in them, have the regional domain. A .com domain means commercial and is more construed to global nowadays. I don't think you would suffer to much in the US for .com, but other countries, YES.
Even now with .us domains, go regional if it applies, that being the concept and how the engines speculate the theory.
Posted 12 April 2004 - 04:37 PM
I was about to streamline my hosting accounts into one site and point our mysite.co.uk - which IS physically sited in the UK via a 301 redirect to our mysite.com - but after using the digital point tool which states that our mysite .com is actually in the USA, should I just leave them alone as seperate domains and maybe tweak the .co.uk site more for localised UK visitors?
Just shows - you need to ASK about these things before you actually go ahead and sign up for hosting packages, even if your present host had you on their old UK servers, if you upgrade for more bandwidth or space they may just upload the site in another country - probably to save money.
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