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Posted 25 May 2004 - 04:27 PM
I just have a question with regards to hosting a site and whether it appears in the google regional sites.
For example if i have a site which wants to target customers in the UK and Ireland and therefore wants to appear in the results for Google.ie and Google.co.uk when the user ticks the 'only sites from the uk/ireland' box. Does simply having .co.uk and .ie extensions which redirect to the .com site, or do you need to have two separate identical sites which are located on different servers in the respective countries? Hope this makes sense!
Thanks in advance!!
Posted 25 May 2004 - 04:37 PM
Posted 25 May 2004 - 06:40 PM
Posted 25 May 2004 - 07:04 PM
Ok, As we know this is a problem, and is one that I have been trying to work out for a long time. I could see no pattern at all, other than that .co.uk domains were there in UK only searches.
A thought then hit me that what I was doing was flawed as maybe some .co.uk pages were not showing as well? Anyhow I got all my stuff together and could still see no pattern.
I then contacted Google directly and asked them. (the easiest way is sometimes the last path we take).
here is their reply: -
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: 06 May 2004 01:49
> To: Umbrella-Consultancy
> Subject: Re: [#9471289] Google UK Inclusion
> Hi James,
> Thank you for your note. Searches that are restricted to a
> country domain
> should only return sites that are physically hosted in that country,
> regardless of the extension. If you would like your site or
> others in the
> UK to be returned in a 'UK sites only' search, we recommend
> that you have
> the site hosted in that country. This should make it more
> likely that your
> site will return in a search for pages from that country.
> If your site is currently hosted in the correct country and
> you feel that
> Google is incorrectly detecting your site's location, please visit
> http://services.google.com/georeport/ to report the error.
> In your report,
> please use the 'Comments' section to let us know the IP
> address of your
> website, as well as where the website is physically located.
> We hope this response is helpful to you.
> The Google Team
So there you go. They did not go into great detail, and I have to say that some of my findings fly in the face of what they have said. But they are saying this, (note the use of the word 'should' & 'likely' not 'will' )
I take this to mean that IF you have a uk based site and it is housed in the uk, but being excluded from UK only searches, then notifying them wil allow them to update their local DNS reference. Maybe?
Posted 25 May 2004 - 08:03 PM
Posted 25 May 2004 - 09:15 PM
You're one in a gazillion.
Lucky for all of us that someone can get through!
Posted 26 May 2004 - 05:53 AM
Posted 26 May 2004 - 08:14 AM
You might also want to take a peek at this thread that speaks to the geolocation issues.
Ian has done a fair amount of testing and asked a lot of questions of the various search engines. There are a couple of interesting solutions in the commentary that you may find helpful. I know I did!
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