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Posted 11 July 2004 - 03:01 AM
I previously had my site indexed by google and it was showing in googles country specific search as well as in the main google index.
The only problem was the UK. I solved this by having a uk version of the domain and ‘parking’ it over the .com version. This, along with some directory submissions to uk directories, soon solved the problem. Within a week my uk domain was in the uk listings.
However, although the main google index has over 1100 pages of my site indexed, the uk index stubbornly refuses to index any further pages apart from the home page. I should say that the google bot visits and caches my site every day.
I know this is a subject we’ve discussed many times here, but I would like to know why, after indexing my site with google internationally, I’m still not seeing multiple pages indexed by google uk. Also some other countries have reduced the amount of pages they’re indexing. Do you think the parked domains are triggering some kind of duplicate content filter?
Posted 11 July 2004 - 03:36 AM
You really can't have it all ways. it is either a .uk site, or a .fr etc site. I know it seems unfair that a site meant to appeal to say, all of Europe, is forced to chose it's primary home, but that is what is needed to prevent the SERP's being abused by the very thing you suggest.
I am in the uk, it is so annoying when, on a UK only search for a product or service, we I get American sites that are of absolutely no worth to me. The whole point of the local version, is to deliver local content.
I am NOT decrying your site, I am just saying that unless it is a UK focussed site, then it should NOT be in the uk index. Personally I get annoyed when people buy up the .uk domains, and their product or services rally isn't easily available to the UK. Again, not saying this is the case with your site.
Posted 11 July 2004 - 06:02 AM
In my own particular case, although I sell to a worldwide market. I'd say that my primary market is the uk. It's clearly stated in my home page and I'm not trying to kid anyone that I'm operating a site that is pertinent to the uk, when it isn't.
It's a bit irritating, and I think a little unfair.
OK,So would you say that when I set up my new site, I should use the .co.uk domain as the main domain? Again it's an international site but with a strong uk customer base. Or, would you suggest maybe contacting google and asking their opinion?
Posted 11 July 2004 - 06:31 AM
Well, not the same actually but a bit different. I'm optimizing my site lately taking most of google's reccomandation etc. using only clean technics. Now Google.com rewards me in very high listing for the HomePage version I've uploaded last wee (ranked 2nd in the serps) while google.co.il only ranks me 5th, while ranking sites which much less relevancy to the KW higher then my site only because they use more bolding and unique styles for the KW we both target...
It seems like google.co.il is my easier to trick the the .com SE.
Another thing is that the .co.il bot seems to go through the whole ISraeli market sites every 2-3 days hence changing ranks continously...
For example (my site got to be ranked 6th at the beggining of last week after having a stable location in the 4th place - then I've made a few optimizations - a day or two after it ranked 1st and 3rd - Then two days after dropped to the 5th location).
The local Googleing seems very frustraiting. It sometimes looks like handeling AdWords Campaign with the serps results.
Posted 11 July 2004 - 06:37 AM
It is not just Google you have to worry about though. MSN scores down sites in its uk search that are not .uk domains. Others completely remove non uk domains from the search results. I have not checked recently, bu I know Tiscali were doing this, and also Virgin.
Posted 11 July 2004 - 04:50 PM
Let's consider the user's position in all of this: When users hit the 'UK pages only' button, it's generally because they are looking for a locally-based supplier.
If you get around the 'rules' by putting your site on a .co.uk domain and hosting it on a UK IP address, then most of the people who do a local search and find your site will probably click away from your site rather quickly when they discover that you're not UK-based.
Just my opinion...
Posted 11 July 2004 - 10:11 PM
My business is registered in the uk!!!!! and sells to the UK.(as well as overseas) I just live off shore.
It seems I made the mistake of buying a .com domain as my main domain. My hosting is in the US, as this seemed the most cost effective option at the time.
If a user clicks on UK only and finds my site. Guess what they find........thats right!! A UK Supplier!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There's got to be a sensible solution to all this. I'm not decieving anyone.
Posted 11 July 2004 - 11:32 PM
I have a couple sites that are very regional in their focus -- each defined by a couple hours drive-time within a single Canadian province. Both
clearly identify their local service areas and are hosted on a Canadian server.
But both have .com domains and get hurt for it (see how I avoided saying "penalized" " in local searches. Getting a .com seemed like a good idea at the time because we planned on reaching so many "newbie" consumers who wouldn't even realize that there is such a thing as .ca . Now, the .ca versions of our domain names have been taken by someone else. And sure enough, their mail keeps getting addressed to our .com domains!
Posted 12 July 2004 - 12:07 AM
I realize I could probably get other .ca domains to work with but there was a real run on the "memory-friendly" names for the business in question. I'd have to get something a lot more removed from the brand name and key words we want and, besides, these aren't businesses with a lot of money to burn on extra site costs.
Next time, though ...
Posted 12 July 2004 - 12:40 AM
One other thing, (not that page rank is so great ...but)your new parked domain won't pick up any of your existing page rank or back links. That's obvious I guess but something to bear in mind.
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