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How does Google do Geolocation?
Wow we're 374 in Pakistan Only Search

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Msg#: 30231 posted 12:30 pm on Jul 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

From our referrer logs:

A search for keyword with Pakistan sites only and we're 374th! The keyword is way off topic but more importantly we don't sell to Pakistan, do not have a Pakistan based server and none of the IP addresses associated with that site were previously mapped to Pakistan.

Very strange, So I've done some digging.

All the IP to location services I use seem to correctly place our servers, all except the one used by Network Solutions which says Pakistan. The RIPE entry for that IP address is correct and correctly says its a non portable block, so its not a RIPE problem.

Does anyone know what service Google or Network solutions use for Geolocation?



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Msg#: 30231 posted 4:16 pm on Jul 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Seems to be Quova.com which is part owned by Verisign & Network Solutions.

Checking our server:
Quova (or rather Networkd solutions) says Pakistan
ip2location says Unknown city in EU
Geobytes says Canada.

Of the 3 ip2location is the most accurate, the ISP is a subsidiary of a Canadian company, so I guess Geobytes can't track it into the ISPs internal network.
I've seen Netsol return Pakistan as the default for many servers when it can't trace an IP address which probably explains the strange result.

What this means: check your domain name in Network Solutions whois, if the Geographic location is not correct ask Quova to fix it, and you might find it fixes your Google geographic weighting at the same time, since they share the same problems as Network solutions and so are likely using Quova currently.

RIPE's 'Country' field of course is spot on, but since they hold the real routing info, thats not suprising.


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Msg#: 30231 posted 3:54 pm on Jul 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've found a few examples (well 20+) across all markets that show the same problem. I've also found a few where Google gets the Geolocation wrong but Network solutions get its right (so maybe not Quova or maybe a different version of the file).

For example: (An anti-virus company, the WWW terms means I can't put the URL in, do a reverse DNS on it).

Geobytes - Miami USA
IP2Location - USA
Network Solutions - USA
Yet it shows up in a Google Pakistan only search.

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