Google.co.uk has now removed ALL my sites not having com/net/org/biz/info/co.uk/eu/mobi TLD extensions from the UK results.
My experimental .co.uk site is now ranking extremely well in both Google.com/co.uk SERPs and has thrown up a very interesting conundrum!
The site I used for example.co.uk was basically example.tld, a non EU/US country, with more updated information and some newer images.
This site has never ranked well in ANY Google SERPs, and, as I said, now doing extremely well.
Interestingly the sites that have been purged from Google.co.uk are ranking well in the Google SERPs for their country.tld.
From my global perspective this sort manipulation throws a huge spanner in the Google works!
1. Can I now construct virtually identical country-specific sites without them being hit for a duplicate penalty?
2. Do I now have to expect international buyers to go to country-specific Google.tlds to source their supplies?
3. Why Q2? The Google.com SERPs are already heavily dominated by many US companies. I hardly think that G is going to start elevating other.tlds through the SERPs even though they may be the most relevant.
Time to roll out WW2 methinks?
One for retail, one for international trade.