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Google Uk filter stats
tigger




msg:123473
 2:11 pm on Jun 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

Anyone got any figures on how many people in the Uk click on the UK filter when searching using G.co.uk?

I'm working on a site that is ranking well on com &. co.uk but when the filter is used it's nowhere to be found, the site is on a .com domain

 

ncsuk




msg:123474
 2:13 pm on Jun 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

I only have my sites stats to go about on this so I cant say but I would be interested to know.

Alec Doggone




msg:123475
 2:19 pm on Jun 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

Not too long ago, I held no. 1 position in Google.co.uk (with filter) for a very popular search term. I received less than 10 hits the entire month. So, I don't think many people filter the resukts...

tigger




msg:123476
 2:19 pm on Jun 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

maybe I'll have to get this info the old fashion way and ask friends if they use the uk filter

vitaplease




msg:123477
 2:25 pm on Jun 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

Results from France:

[webmasterworld.com...]

I won't comment on possible nationalistic differences.

wruk999




msg:123478
 2:28 pm on Jun 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

tigger,

Here is a thread from ages ago - I would say that the figures wont have changed dramatically.

Google - pages from the UK [webmasterworld.com]

wruk999

tigger




msg:123479
 2:40 pm on Jun 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

cheers gents

4eyes came up with an option from the other posting

"I'd host the .co.uk in its own right and create a robots.txt exclusion for Googlebot on the .com.

You would then need to get any incoming links for the .com changed to .the .co.uk. "

This would seem the best route if I want to get found when people use the UK filter, pain or what if I use this I've got loads of sites to contact and ask the link to changed over to .co.uk :(

wruk999




msg:123480
 2:43 pm on Jun 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

tigger,

Not sure but wouldn't a 301 Moved redirect from the .com to .co.uk mean that the incoming links to the .com would automatically be transferred to the .co.uk from the .com by Googlebot?

wruk999

tigger




msg:123481
 2:51 pm on Jun 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

Pass anyone else?

4eyes




msg:123482
 6:40 pm on Jun 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

I agree with 4Eyes;)

tigger




msg:123483
 6:47 pm on Jun 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

any ideas on what wruk999 is saying?

wruk999




msg:123484
 8:56 pm on Jun 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

any ideas on what wruk999 is saying?

Absolutely none ;)

I was trying to say that if you use a 301 redirect from the .com to the .co.uk, I think that Google realises you just want to use the one domain, and so PageRank and ultimately backlinks are "shared" between the two/passed to the one domain (the .co.uk).

I am pretty sure this is the case, as I have read it round here somewhere...

wruk999

zeus




msg:123485
 9:10 pm on Jun 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

Well I do have another site with .de and I do get alot of hits with filter, but I think it harder with a co.uk because of the language, but if people want to but something in England they will mostly use filter.

zeus

tigger




msg:123486
 9:37 am on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

cheers wruk999

I've hunted around the forum but can't find anything, I don't have any problems in doing this its just I've paid for some directory listings and I've got over 100 links from high PR sites pointing to the site that were a real pain setting up, explaining why I wanted keyword anchor links etc etc

I've got the. co.uk domain I just don't want to upset G

glengara




msg:123487
 10:16 am on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

In this thread from 2002, [webmasterworld.com...] in the last post Ciml says ".... but I would stick to their advice and use a 301 redirect. This should allow your main URL to get the PageRank from links to both URLs so in the case of switching to a new domain it's much better than using robots.txt"

tigger




msg:123488
 10:33 am on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi Glen

That link is coming back with a 404

lazerzubb




msg:123489
 10:37 am on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

404 = [webmasterworld.com...]

glengara




msg:123490
 10:40 am on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Sorry guys, that's a thread I'd saved, should have checked it was still working.
Maybe Ciml will pick up on this.

glengara




msg:123491
 10:46 am on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Dupe content.

ciml




msg:123492
 9:09 pm on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

I don't have access to my logs at the moment, so I can't update the breakdown I made before. (Anyone else who hosts multiple domains willing to check their aggregate logs?) Certainly, I consider the traffic from Google's UK pages search valuable for some types of Web sites.

Firstly, I would check the IP for the .com domain. You can use alltheweb.com to see if other domains on the same server are in Google's UK pages search. If you find a few on the Web search but not the 'pages from the UK' search then it's a problem.

If so, then you can either switch hosting provider to get an IP that Google treat as being in the UK, or if you choose to switch to a .co.uk then I would use 301 redirection from the .com. There's always a risk (such as Google changing behaviour), but 301 redirection is probably the least problematic and the most likely to preserve PR.

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