I've just found out that my server is based over in America, and reading here I've realised how much of an affect that could have on my country specific rating. I have the .co.uk and the .com (to stop poachers) but had thought it might seem more professional and global to have my main domain as .com and the .co.uk just pointing to the .com
So how do I now do a little bit of firefighting to try and get my site listed in the uk only part? I'm UK based and would expect a few export sales, but the UK has a much more developed market for the specific industry i'm selling in.
I'm going to advertise in the only 3 magazines which service this market and so could hope that brand recognition means people will guess that my domain is mycompanyname.com, but I still don't want to cut out potential customers, especially as I suspect the majority won't be expert users.
You should simply switch the redirect so that .com redirects to .co.uk - that way whatever anyone uses they will end up at the site, and you will also be able to appear in uk-specific search engine results. If the site is new, now would be the time to make the change, otherwise it may need a a little more consideration.
I have a number of sites hosted in the US (so cheap at the moment!) that have .co.uk as the primary domain and the .com version set with a redirect. It works just fine with all major engines, they recognise it as a UK site. Also, I suspect that a listing in the UK regional branch of ODP will help with this identification. Good luck with the switch.
cheers quiet man, my package was so cheap that i have more bandwith than i know what to do with (plenty of room for growth!). at the time i just didn't think of anything like server location, just uptime stats and support.
my host made the switch yesterday so fingers crossed that when i finally appear in google it'll be in the uk version too. i already submitted myself to the ODP but can't remember if I put myself in a country specific part. If I'm not under UK it is easy to get yourself moved? I presume if I resubmit myself that would be very much frowned on.