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UK business ranking better on Google HK than on Google UK

 3:52 pm on May 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

I always know things are bad when I have to post a message here (lol)...

Anyway, firstly, I have noticed a massive drop in business recently. SERPs don't seem too majorly affected - a few drops of certain keywords but overall nothing that significantly stands out.

However, I have today noticed that if I search Google.hk for my main keywords I rank significantly better than in the UK for nearly all my main keywords (I'm a UK business, UK hosted etc). Why would this be?



 8:26 pm on May 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

It's due to Panda. It's not implemented the same there due to a large part of it being language based, so you have Panda issues affecting you. May I ask, is sufc short for Sunderland FC?


 8:31 pm on May 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

Hi Pete - nope, Southend United!

Didn't think I was too badly affected by Panda - maybe I need to re-think things?


 8:50 pm on May 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

I remember the whole HK thing from just over a year ago and the conclusion was exactly that. I think that's why sometimes foreign sites show in our SERPS during Panda update too.


 8:54 pm on May 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

Google's UK SERPs are an unmitgated disaster at this very moment, I honestly did not believe they could get any worse but they have.

Thank heavens I do not rely on Google for my business!


 8:59 pm on May 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

Pete - just remembered, I actually highlighted the same issue last year )(shows how good my memory is!)

Think I am going to sit down and see what could be wrong with our site!


 9:15 pm on May 9, 2013 (gmt 0)

If you find the old topic, you'll find all 3 of us that have posted here so far in there...


 12:42 am on May 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

This has been happening for some months (years ?) I had a friend in Hong Kong check it out.

What you see on .hk from the UK is not what you see if you access google.hk from hong kong.

Nope, I don't know why either.

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