Robert_Charlton - 2:20 am on Sep 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
I wanted to note here that Jez123 posted this observation in the Sept 2012 SERPs Update thread [webmasterworld.com...] about 8 hrs ago... msg:4497040...
For some reason my site is doing well in google.au Not bad - only half a world away! Why would I be getting traffic from Australia when my site is UK?
My follow-up post notes similarities between this and what I'd mentioned earlier in this Zombie Traffic thread, suggesting perhaps a test of geo-intent among, eg, former British Empire countries having similar place names.
Here's what I'm guessing....
The gist of it is that there are a bunch of town names that have either identical or very similar spellings, and I believe that some queries get modified by Google and/or sent to a different country because there are no local sites satisfying the query.
This seems to show up the most relatively soon after an update has rolled out. I think this may be Google "calibrating" the results, but that's a guess.
So, is their geo-intent related to your queries, or could there be? (Eg, ecommerce results might get localized simply because Google wants to return local results first).
Anyone else seeing similar anomalies? It might be a clue to some types of zombie traffic. I'm not sure.