How long has it been hosted in the UK? and was it previously hosted outside of the UK, if so it could take a number of spidering cycles before Google picks up the IP address change nd changes the location.
If it is a new site, how long has it been in the 'web' results on google.co.uk - if it hasn't been in long it is probable that the results on UK results haven't yet been updated. (As an aside recently I've been seeing significantly more lag before results get to the UK only results than has been the case previously - anyone else witnessed this phenomena?)
If neither of the above have you checked the IP address against the RIPE database to see what location it is showing. Some supposedly UK hosts actally have server IPs registered to Germany or the Netherlands.
Msg#: 3638807 posted 12:13 pm on May 14, 2008 (gmt 0)
I have now established that the site is hosted in Mexico! So that would explain everything.
We have purchased the .co.uk domain in order to address this.
However I am concerned about a mirror site and duplicate content. I have read conflicting advice that I should 1. do a 301 permenant redirect - but will this not mean that the site is merely still seen as a .com site? and 2. do a 302 temproray redirect - not sure why.
Msg#: 3638807 posted 2:06 pm on May 14, 2008 (gmt 0)
Firstly - if everyone thoght the site was hosted in the UK - why not just move the hosting to the UK and 301 the .co.uk in.
On the other hand if they insist on remaining hosted in Mexico - then your strategy needs to be a little different. You will need to look at making the site UK specific to avoid duplicate content penalties.