I have some thoughts and questions about international searches.
Having read and re-read the thread [webmasterworld.com...] it seems clear that there are advantages to using .country domains for international sites.
In my opinion, the main reason that doing so is worthwhile is that if someone does a google search and selects “in-country (i.e. Germany, France, or whatever) pages only”, then your website will be included in the results if it is .country.
The percentage of these in-country searches that was thrown about was 20%, in the thread above. (If anyone has a real statistic for this, it would be very interesting). In my niche this could prove to be an enormous advantage.
Logically then, this fact would also apply to the UK market, where they have the .co.uk domain. If you do a search on google UK, and make it just for UK pages, many of the major U.S. sites will not show up.
So my first question is, does it make sense to register a mirror UK site, if you want to get that extra 20% of the market, which is devoid of many major competitors?
My second question is due to an observation that I made where one of my competitors, (which is a regular U.S. based .com), came up in searches that I did for only UK pages. Other major companies where excluded. Is there anyway to not have a UK server and be included in the UK results?
If there is, then it might be able to apply this to other countries as well.