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Google.com redirects co.uk from UK?

 12:51 am on Dec 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

Anyone from the uk able to access google.com? I am being redirected to the .co.uk domain.
I tried it via proxy and got through to .com okay.



 7:05 am on Dec 11, 2004 (gmt 0)

Why is google.com redirecting to google.co.uk? - yes I'm in the UK but if I wanted to search the uk only I'm capable of typing .co.uk! - I prefer the cleaner looks of google.com for my site checking :P

please stoppit google</vent>


 12:43 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yup - same on two different ISPs and same on PC and Mac...

At least I can access other regional googles without those also changing back to .co.uk!



 12:55 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

I prefer the cleaner looks of google.com for my site checking

There isn't much difference from what I can see!

But, on the Google pages at the bottom right you can click to go to Google UK or to Google.com (depending which one you are on). Clicking on this seems to set a Cookie and forwarding then stops.


 9:18 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Strange! 6 systems each with 4 browsers and not one redirects to .co.uk...

May sound silly however have you checked your settings?


 9:20 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

have you checked your settings?

Lummee - sounds like the support desk on one of the free ISPs.

Nothing to check - different machines, different OS, different connection to the Internet - all changed at the same time.

And as someone says - a new link on the front page to switch back and forth. Nothing to do with settings <grin>


 9:22 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Nope, I'm in the UK and always get .com - although I did noticed a new link at under the search box 'Go to Google UK' - I'm certain this is new.

Must be an ISP thing.... I'm on tiscali!


 9:29 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

I get this sort of thing every few months as Google mess around with geotargeting again.

Last week, I was being sent to google.de

This week, as you are, I'm getting sent to the UK.

One day, they'll work out where I am.

may help.

Lord Majestic

 9:32 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

I can confirm that I am redirected - my ISP is Telewest (BlueYonder). Can't say I like that forced redirection -- typing google.com is faster than anything else, but now there is an extra delay waiting for redirect to take place. :(


 9:40 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Ooops. Yes, I am being redirected if I type in google.com (goes to .co.uk). But If use the link on the toolbar to .com, I get .com

I agree, it's not nice to be redirected!


 9:49 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Isn't just the UK affected.

I'm in Spain and as of today if I type in google.com I get sent to google.es - with a snmall link to google.com in English if I really want it.

For Spanish people at least I think it is a step forward - many are unaware that there is a google.es and use google.com for searches. So one of the reasons will be to promote local searches.

It's called "goo-gley" here by the way!


 10:09 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm really happy that most people from my country are auto-directed to the local google site, since the results look much better there, but since I also want to compare with google.com I did this:

1 - Click on the Go to Google.com link on your local site Google site.
2 - Once on Google.com, save a bookmark.

Ta-ta! That's it. You won't be redirected any more, and you can still visit your local Google site whenever you want.


 10:22 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Thought this thread didn't get through :-) I'm seeing .com results again.
Nikke - I had it bookmarked, it made no difference. Initially I thought my computer was going bezerk.


 11:14 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Strange. Did you try creating a new bookmark?
I had to do it again once, but since, I have not been redirected to google.se.


 3:24 pm on Dec 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

>Lummee - sounds like the support desk on one of the free ISPs.

Maybe so however it's usually the most obvious and simple of things which are overlooked.

Only yesterday a friend told me he could not connect to the Net after moving to a new house...checked the port settings and where was the telephone line?

You guessed...!


 1:51 am on Dec 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

I hate when this happen the results on google here is even worse then msn.beta or all other bad engines, now I have to use yahoo


 10:05 am on Dec 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have google.com set as my home page(for all my sins) and this happened on monday. No matter how I tried to get into .com it would always redirect me to .co.uk.

It has stopped since I clicked the link to .com on the redirected page.

Total Paranoia

 10:26 am on Dec 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

For me this is a good thing as my websites all perform very well on google.co.uk. (With results from UK ticked)

There are so many users that are not aware of the country specific search facility and this will help to train them.

It will also help get rid of the need for people to type in "keyword UK" (normally gives spammy results IMO) as they all become very aware of the UK search facility.

Good Move Google!

BTW, I also think it is great move with putting the Froogle link back on the Google UK homepage. Hope they keep it there.

Total Paranoia

 10:36 am on Dec 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

I just noticed something. (it works from here anyway)

If you all still want to use .com and have the google toolbar installed, set your toolbar to use the .com version.

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