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UK Site Ranks Better on Worldwide Search...
... for a UK keyword?

 10:23 am on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

There are several of my keywords that this seems to be affecting but one of the more major differences is:

If you search 'The Web', my site comes up 13th.
If you search 'UK Sites Only', my site comes up 202nd.

But my site is a .co.uk domain and is hosted on a UK server with a UK IP address. Any clues?

(I ran the searches several times over a period of three days just incase it was a server update)



 10:42 am on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

odd I'm the other way round I rank well on .co.uk but not on .com wanna swap


 11:20 am on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

With a .co.uk, IP address should be immaterial......

Just out of interest, how many of your links are from UK sites?


 11:29 am on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)



 2:17 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have experienced this in the past with google but only temporarily after fresh content was uploaded.


 3:28 pm on Sep 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

Same thing with one of my sites.
It ranks VERY good on .com and co.uk
but on .de where it SHOULD rank good it is only on #7 or so.
I noticed that this is caused by the hl= parameter in the url.
When I set hl=de then my site ranks #7, when I set hl=en my site ranks #1 . Very sad because as my site is in german it is useful to germans ONLY.
I wasn't able to figure out what Google makes think my site is more interesting to english-speaking users.
I tried with meta language="de" but no effect.
The only thing I can think of is links, but I still have more links from german sites than from english ones.
Very cruel!



 8:34 pm on Sep 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have this in my head tags:

<meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-gb">

which should indicate even more that my content is UK oriented. I've just checked and a couple more of my sites which I thought were okay are showing the same 'symptoms'.

I also notice that some of my competitors who are ranked above me on 'UK Sites Only' search are below me in 'Search the Web' searches.

This is a major flaw isn't it? I can't for the life of me think from the reverse side of how Google has made this mistake. Anyone?

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