Can anybody tell me what determines your site being listed in Search: the web pages from Australia (Google of course) is it domain prefix eg: .com.au or someone else in Australia said it was determined if your site is hosted in Australia or not? Does anyone have any ideas? Q2: If your server was down when the Google bots tried to visit does
Thanks for your input. Yes my site is No1 globaly but not under sites from Australia and yes Im hoping the same as you. Some of the sites that rank on the first page under my topic are .com? So Im confused. Ive tried to e-mail Google and ask them but this, as yet nothing, Ill keep you posted if I hear anything. Our site is Australian, based in Australia and we operate nationally and internationally but find it heaps cheaper to buy a .com and host in the USA. If anyone else out there can add to this please let us know thanks in advance Julie :)
As for your site being down when googlebot comes a'knockin - this just happened to us. We just optimised a site for one of our clients and quite unexpectedly got a PR1 for our primary keyword. Our traffic went through the roof and right before Googlebot came calling, the host closed the site for exceeding bandwidth (we didn't choose the host and have since moved the site to a new host). Googlebot came, we got dropped - timing couldn't have been worse. We're likely gonna be out of the game for a month now.
I forgot to mention that the site that we optimised was a .com.au hosted outside of australia. We got a PR1 in global results for our primary keyword - and also got great page ranks for other keywords in the Australia only results.