| 2:33 pm on Sep 7, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Is you domain a .com or .com.mx?
In what country is your site hosted?
Which country sends you most of your website backlinks?
Have you made sure you are not looking at personalized serps?
| 2:39 pm on Sep 7, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Is there a google places for google.com.mx? I would imagine if you have "verified" your page with google.com.mx then that would probably have an effect, too.
| 4:03 pm on Sep 7, 2011 (gmt 0)|
There is very good information about Google country biasing contained in Google Patent 7,451,130. Head over to Google's patent search and pull down the PDF. It's a good read and will help you understand some of the things that make a site rank in one country instead of another. The patent is from 2008 but I know from experience that a most of the stuff in it is still very relevant.
| 4:37 pm on Sep 7, 2011 (gmt 0)|
The site is a .com.
And yes we have a Google places listings but done in Google.com not .com.mx. Can this really affect International rankings? Our competitors also have a Google Places listings and they are ranking well internationally.
SEOMike, can you email the link to that patent, I can't find it :)
| 4:51 pm on Sep 7, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Here's a link to the patent: Google Patent 7,451,130 [goo.gl]
| 12:52 am on Sep 8, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Thanks SEO Mike, I will check it out now.
Anyone else have any experience this is? How did you solve it?
| 1:26 am on Sep 8, 2011 (gmt 0)|
I had the exact same issue. I believe Google is using location/country of the websites who links to your website to determine your website's location/region.
If you're outside of US, its almost always less competitive and easy to get promoted/linked. And the more you get links from local "circles," the more Google associates you with that location.
I had to remove the section in local language, tried to decrease the local traffic/tweets/likes as much as possible, get more US/UK incoming links than local ones. Took me almost one year.