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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).
when I just typed in google.com I got fowarded to google.xx
Hasn't this always been the case? If you have the Google toolbar (nice little product) you only need to click the Google link.
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!