Is there any way of giving Google a nudge to list us in their .co.uk results if we are neither hosted in the UK not using .co.uk in our domain name?
Our site has UK in the domain name, which I thought Google could have used to possible denote targetting, but it doesn't. Another alternative would have been to use the language metatag, but they don't.
Don't really want to switch hosting to the UK where costs are significantly higher.
[edited by: IanTurner at 7:08 pm (utc) on Oct. 13, 2003] [edit reason] See TOS [/edit]
I have a site which has been indexed in google for 18 months or more. Up until 3 or 4 months ago was doing well on both www.google.com and www.google.co.uk with the UK filter applied.
The site is a .co.uk and up until a month or so ago was hosted on a US server. However about four months ago the site started to drop dramatically down the rankings on a www.google.co.uk search whilst it appeared unchanged on google.com. Now the situation is for a search on www.google.com the site appears in the first page of results for a number of search terms, however when you search on www.google.co.uk with the UK sites filter applied it appears on page 2 or 3 of the results, and behind many of the sites is is appearing above on www.google.com.
I cannot understand this as the site has a .co.uk and there are other .co.uk sites that I operate that were unaffected.
I have tried everything, I have even moved the problem .co.uk site onto a UK server but it seems to have made no difference.
One other thing I've noticed....the site is a pr7 but doesn't get any fresh tags and the cached version of the home page only seems to update about once every 4 weeks, even though the home page content changes on a daily basis!
The site is a .co.uk and is aimed at a UK audience so this makes no sense at all. Can anyone offer any further advice or ideas? Is anyone experiencing similar results? Do you think it may be worth contacting google?