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Likely at some point your google will produce the same results as yahoo and everyone else's google once all the datacenters are up to date. Meanwhile you can tell people what datacenter to use if you want to show them certain results.
Check your Content-Language meta tags. While the east coast of Canada doesn't sound like prime server real estate, I can't imagine google would penalize you for US listings based on that.
Can anyone else weigh in on this? I always assumed that all the data centers eventually showed the same SERP's. I have not seen any indication that Google serves up different pages based on data centers. If they are different, what would the factors be to make them different? Can anyone post a live example?
These territorial variations can be very, very annoying. I live in a very tiny, Caribbean nation with a population of just over 20,000. If I go to Google, I get the "vg" results which Google has chosen to serve me.
Thankfully, I have book marked google.com/intl/en/ which shows me what it is I want and need. Living on a small island in the Caribbean, goods and services which many of you take for granted, are simply not available here. However, there are many sites out there which would purport to offer those things I am looking to buy. They don't!
So instead, I use the international Google and am happy to report that I get what I need, when I need it. The shame of it is, that I am probably the only person in the British Virgin Islands who knows what I know ... (due to my participation in WebmasterWorld). The rest of the population are unfortunately forced to put up with the "vg" results which are often lacking and require the surfer to drill down into the Serps 3 and 4 pages before finding what they really want.
I can only assume that regional results are provided because this is (for the most part) a smart way to go. Someone looking to buy "X" brand tennis shoes in Ohmygosh, Nebraska probably wouldn't be interested in store locations/dealers in California which offer the same shoe.
There are drawbacks to both data delivery choices. I feel it is incumbant upon the webmaster to optimize their site using regional keywords and that the keyword density should be sufficient to show up for anyone searching for stores in that area.
Unfortunately, webmasters are not always that proficient or knowledgeable in the ways of SEO ... so Google has helped them by providing regional serps.
I hate that ... but then again, I know how to get around the problem. Most don't!
[edited by: Liane at 7:02 am (utc) on April 16, 2003]
He couldn't see any of them. For a lot of yesterday, his California Googling got a very different set of results than my searches from Boston. I thought the update had settled out and I was quite surprised.
But by dinner he was seeing the same results I did. It might have been a temporary thing in CA. It is a bit different on the left coast, after all.
c'mon google - I want to opt of the Canadian results - don't just rewrite the url for me and give me the same results.
Geo targetting within USA based on where in US the site is hosted is really a bad idea and i dont think google will use it
I assume whatever people noticed is some temporary glitch in synchronizing the results between different google datacenters
Internet's global village becoming local again?
I'm not into travel or tourist stuff, but even in my field there has been more and more different results:
just to add to the geo-differentiating paranonoia..;)
When a site is submitted to the top:/widgets directory from one of these other_countries they often don't get in or it takes forever. So what do they do to get a DMOZ listing? Well Regional/other_countries seem to have quite an abundance of widgets directories so they submit to the one for their 'other country'. They are after all allowed to have a regional listing in addition to the top:/widgets one that they can't seem to obtain.
OK, so what's wrong with that? They got their DMOZ listing didn't they? Yes but the US widgets site in the top:/widgets of DMOZ will more than likely be in a Google directory which has a PR of 5 or more. Whilst the non US widgets site will probably be in a directory with a PR of much less.
It's definitely down to DMOZ not Google to redeploy those widget sites in the top:/widgets to regional/US directories that will need to be created. Isn't it unfair though that Goggle cannot compensate for DMOZ's failings instead of aggravating them?
All just my opinion though..........