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I think for most of the users it makes more sense to get a interface in the native languages and native results.
Don't know how there are doing it, maybe geotargeting or browser sniffing.
Anyway for some very few users like us it's a disavantage.
For the others it's a benefit.
Depending on what database of IP address ranges you are using there will always be a small margin of error (about 2%).
You must be falling into that 2% - it must be really annoying though. They should really just leave it as a link to their best guess at your country. Perhaps make the link stand out a little more for newbie users.
I mean if you want google.co.uk you are going to type in google.co.uk
Regional serps are great for regional searches. But most of the searches I do are not country specific, but language specific. USA/AU/UK/Canada all speak English, last time I checked. But if your IP won't allow you any turkey on Thanksgiving, then you may find you are not living in the USA.
Thanks Google for reminding us where we live. :-)
GG, in Mozilla the cookie that is supposed to be set for .com doesn't seem to work. I get shunted to .ca anyway. I tried making sure that Mozilla will accept cookies from Google but it doesn't help. No big deal, anyway. Happy American Thanksgiving.
By using the link "Google.com in English" I get to the English Google but when I want to check the English guidelines and click on the link "Jobs, Press, & Help" (on the English page) I get to the German content (with no link to the English content) so I am not able to see the English content (which has been reported to have changed because of word stemming).
It shows the same non-regional results as the .com for the searches I have tried.
Even when I used the "pages from the UK" radio button, the results became filled with old news stories and off topic blogs and message boards.
Searching regionally seems to have changed a lot since the last update. Quite frankly it's a mess.
Thank you for personally answering questions like this!
I have turned cookies on. If I disable cookies, I am not even able to get to the english google.com. Having turned cookies off (which I tried because of your mentioning cookies) I am getting to the German version of google.ch if I click on "Google.com in English". Only if I have turned cookies on I get to the English version of google.com. But again then I am not able to get the english guidelines as I am getting the German content by clicking "Jobs, Press, & Help" on the english google.com.
I checked out the other links on the english google.com. I get the english content for all of them. Only the link "Jobs, Press, & Help" shows me German content. The same thing happens if I go through [google.com...] and then click on the link "Jobs, Press, & Help".
You mentioned the setting "do you not want the country redirect" can this setting be turned off anywhere?
Thanks again for your help!