if you sight up for google webmaster tools, there is a link where you can geotarget your domain to a specific country, for example you can set your co.uk domain to show up in the uk results.
You can't set a Geographic Target in WMT on a Country Code Top Level Domain like .co.uk. However, you could target the .com to the United States, which might keep it out of the results in favor of your .co.uk site.
Thanks for your replys! Doing a targeting via WMT sounds good in general, but we don't want to target the .com only for US but more to "the world but UK" ;-) And this doesn't seem to be possible.
Is the .com hosted in the UK?
The .com is hosted in US.
As a workaround, could you not redirect .com pages to their UK equivalent using geo targetting (so just UK IPs get redirected)? Then it wouldn't matter.
Host.com in the US, .co.uk in the UK
Put a UK adress in the footer of each page for UK, US address for US page
Build US links to US pages, UK links to UK pages
I always avoid ip geotargeting, its gets messy very quickly.
I completely agree with firstconversion about US links to US pages and UK links to UK pages. In my opinion, that is your best and quickest way to solve your problem.
If you get US links to UK pages just make sure those sites rank well in the UK in order to help your rankings for your UK site.
Best of luck!
You might try marking one up as lang="en-uk" an the other using lang="en-us" with proper link relationships in the <head>
Designates substitute versions for the document in which the link occurs. When used together with the lang attribute, it implies a translated version of the document. When used together with the media attribute, it implies a version designed for a different medium (or media).
<link rel="Alternate" href="http://example.co.uk/" lang="en-uk"> on the us site; reverse it on the other.
The most likely reason the .com ranks well is because of the links.
Agreed: Hosting .co.uk in uk makes a difference.