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I'm working on a site that is ranking well on com &. co.uk but when the filter is used it's nowhere to be found, the site is on a .com domain
4eyes came up with an option from the other posting
"I'd host the .co.uk in its own right and create a robots.txt exclusion for Googlebot on the .com.
You would then need to get any incoming links for the .com changed to .the .co.uk. "
This would seem the best route if I want to get found when people use the UK filter, pain or what if I use this I've got loads of sites to contact and ask the link to changed over to .co.uk :(
any ideas on what wruk999 is saying?
I was trying to say that if you use a 301 redirect from the .com to the .co.uk, I think that Google realises you just want to use the one domain, and so PageRank and ultimately backlinks are "shared" between the two/passed to the one domain (the .co.uk).
I am pretty sure this is the case, as I have read it round here somewhere...
I've hunted around the forum but can't find anything, I don't have any problems in doing this its just I've paid for some directory listings and I've got over 100 links from high PR sites pointing to the site that were a real pain setting up, explaining why I wanted keyword anchor links etc etc
I've got the. co.uk domain I just don't want to upset G
Firstly, I would check the IP for the .com domain. You can use alltheweb.com to see if other domains on the same server are in Google's UK pages search. If you find a few on the Web search but not the 'pages from the UK' search then it's a problem.
If so, then you can either switch hosting provider to get an IP that Google treat as being in the UK, or if you choose to switch to a .co.uk then I would use 301 redirection from the .com. There's always a risk (such as Google changing behaviour), but 301 redirection is probably the least problematic and the most likely to preserve PR.