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Posted 17 August 2004 - 08:55 PM
I have a question about searchers on sites such as yahoo.co.uk and google.co.uk where searchers are presented with the opportunity to filter results either via 'all of the web' or 'uk only'. I tested out a couple of SER's and noticed that both .com and .co.uk domains are showing up in the results, however, most of the results (when I tried both options) are showing mostly .co.uk domains.
Does anyone out there know if 'where' the site is hosted (i.e. the UK vs. the US) has anything to do with how the pages are ranked?
Lastly, where are most UK searchers going to search? I'm about to SEO a site a site that is targeted expressely to the UK audience and would like to know where I should be looking.
Thanks so much!!!!
Posted 17 August 2004 - 10:52 PM
I think we have a number of threads on this. You might want to do a quick forum search. If I remember correctly, OWG received an email from Google stating that if you want to show up in the UK only searches, you need to be hosted in the UK.
But do a search and you'll find the correct thread and info.
Posted 18 August 2004 - 04:31 AM
Another thought though. MSn is launching its new index/search in the next 12 months. MSN scores down non uk domains on a uk search. Without selecting uk only, it just gives you the results, and scores you down a few positions. Tiscali defaults to UK only, Virgin ONLY provides Uk site data.
I have this gut thing, that as the web grows, search will become more localised, and the goalposts are likely to be moved periodically, as they always have been. Physical hosting you can deal with, domain regionalisation you can't.
There are other ways to get it done, like parking a domain and having UK directories point to the UK domain etc, and I know that Ian Mcanerin got his info from a Google engineer, & I trust totally what Ian says, so what I state above is not the only way.
One last thing, Just because your host says the server is in London or wherever in the UK, that don't always result in it showing as physically located in the uk (even though it is) the Physical location is where the owner of the IP block resides. If your hosting company is buying from a US company, then although your data might be in Canary wharf in a datacentre, you can still show as a US physically located domain. Use this free tool to check for sure. http://www.digitalpo...ebsite-country/
Posted 18 August 2004 - 07:47 AM
Currently, we can have our cake and eat it. Because, if you set your site up so that it appears in a 'UK only' search on Google (UK tld hosted on a UK-based IP block), it will also appear in the default global web search too. But of course, the reverse is not true.
Posted 20 August 2004 - 12:35 PM
I moved almost all of my sites into the UK in April precisely for this reason.
I'm in the UK anyway, but US prices were always a little cheaper. Luckily, the UK hosting market is catching up.
Posted 20 August 2004 - 12:47 PM
Posted 20 August 2004 - 01:51 PM
Have a look at MakeMeTop's post in this parallel thread:
If I read him right, then to get the necessary ranking boost in Yahoo and MSN, you MUST have a .co.uk domain. It's on Google where there is the flexibility between UK domain and/or UK IP address.
Posted 20 August 2004 - 01:57 PM
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