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 3:10 am on Mar 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

Installing the Google toolbar will let you default to any country's Google that you prefer. Mine is set to the US Advanced Search.

I don't like the .au interface's "Australia Only" option because it returns mainly .au sites but also a lot of non-AU pages with no obvious connection with Australia, not even the domain registrar. Look up "IDET" (a back procedure) for Australian only sites.

My Aussie sites are .com and are linked from some .au but don't show up in an "Pages from Australia" search.



 5:24 am on Mar 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

Is the whois info Australian? Is it hosted in Aus?


 10:50 am on Mar 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have the same problem

.com site, hosted in the USA but Whois is Australian and the site is very aussie orientated as well as having links from .com.au sites....but no luck getting listed in Google.com.au

Any ideas on how to make it happen.



 10:54 am on Mar 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

From the experiences in Europe I'd have to say you need either the correct ccTLD or Australian hosting.


 11:44 pm on Mar 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

Is the whois info Australian? Is it hosted in Aus?

Whois is definitely Australia - says "AU"

Hosted in the US.


 11:50 pm on Mar 15, 2003 (gmt 0)


but no luck getting listed in Google.com.au

Don't understand. Are you saying that if your site comes up on the first page if you use google.com but does not if you use google.com.au?

My "Aussie" .com certainly is #1 and #2 in every random country google I have tried.


 11:59 pm on Mar 15, 2003 (gmt 0)


Thank you - I was first going to disagree with you but then I decided to search for "IDET" (AU only) and checked three of the .org, .com and a Russian-language .com hit. All three appear to be hosted in Australia! The last one is about jokes and idet is a Russian word, which is why I never guessed the site could be in .au.


 12:55 am on Mar 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

Sites I have do top of page in googs.com but are a no show in googs.com.au google search.

I host them in the US cause its cheaper & cross my fingers that people generally search for "web" & not "in country"


 1:26 am on Mar 16, 2003 (gmt 0)


You are correct. My site does not show up under google.com.au but does show up under google.com. The funny thing is if i search for www.mydomain.com in google.com.au my site is listed but it does not matter how specific a search i do, my site will not show up in .com.au

Seems there is not much i can do about this outside of moving my hosting to Australia.

whats up skip

 10:36 pm on Mar 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

One of our sites is hosted in the USA, but we use a com.au domain. We show up in google.com.au without any trouble.

I think if you really want to target Australian's you need to have a com.au domain.

If you content is about Australia, but for an international target then they will not be using google.com.au

Remember the default search on google.com.au is not for Australian sites. I would guess most people do not click on the Australian only sites.

Just one little thing I could not get the google toolbar to default to google.com.au no matter where I looked in all the options.


 3:29 am on Mar 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

To set the Google toolbar to Google.com.au you:

1. click on the down arrow next to the Google logo on the toolbar
2. you then click on "toolbar options"
3. Heading " General Options" - drill down to google.com.au
4. Presto - done!

Good luck .

By the way - do any of the other Australian Search Engines have a toolbar that I can download?

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