There's a FF plug-in that works with AW, not sure how it does with the organics though - search for "Google Global Firefox Extension"....
make the search then take the value at the end of the URL string from the & onwards
and change it to
where uk represents the country results you want to see eg. us ca fr
hope this makes sense
Or use this tool: [google.com...] ("Search across languages")
Or maybe this: [google.com...] (Return pages written in [any language])
Thanks a lot. I believe it's a bit more triggy than this, as it seems to me as if Google - nomatter what you write after the & - will present search results based on the country where your IP is located.
This certainly is true for "Global Google Firefox Extension" and also putting for example "&gl=de" at the end of the url.
By using [google.com...] and specifying language to be German and domain to be .de, the result was more sensible, but I don't believe this would be what a "native" German would see. We have suddenly seen a large increase in hits from Germany on a certain keyword, and searching on this particular keyword didn't show our site on the first 25 pages. I suspect we are actually on page 1 or 2.
Probably the only way to do it would be to perform the search on a German based client somehow, but I just don't know how this could be achieved.
rhonda427, "&gl=de" and "&hl=en in the actual search URL is not the same. "&gl=xx" gives you a way of telling the search where you want to be located...
However, I have found that
do NOT give the same results :o
The big US gives more American orientated results as you seem to be more patriotic than using a small us? ;-)
This seems to be the place to do this kind of testing: https://adwords.google.com/select/AdTargetingPreviewTool
As far as I can see this seems to be a reliable presentation of your actual ranking seen from a given geographic location.
It would have been nice though, if you could easily extract your actual position as a matrix on various markets. The above tool requires you to manually look through a number of pages to locate where your website is located, but it does the trick :)
rhonda427, that's a great find!
After a bit of pre-holiday experimenting, I have found that the same SERPs can be achieved by expanding the URL I gave above
with the two extra parameters "&host=google.com&adtest=on" (look at the URLs of queries in the tool rhonda427 mentioned)
eg: [google.com ]
This query could be bookmarked for convenient daily SERP checking :)
Fantastic discovery Rhonda427 and KVeil. Here is an alternate string to bookmark; it gives 100 search results per page as seen from the US: