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I'm Canadian, but I do NOT want to be directed to Google.ca. I didn't type "google.ca", I typed "google.com". That choice should be left up to me, the user, not the search engine I visit to decide how patriotic I wish to be or do not wish to be.
I know most people are not going to complain about this, but I sure am. At one point I paid to have a text box ad on the Google site, but I certainly am not going to do it again as long as this behavior continues.
I go to Google for simplicity and geek-friendliness. Too bad Google has lost site of us.
What I've been wondering is does each country page give different results? I haven't done a lot of looking into this yet but they seem pretty much the same. But then .co.nz returns english language sites (naturally) so it may not show up as much. Since my new domain is appearing in this indexing for the first time and it's a .co.nz it will be interesting to see if I'll get better hits from the NZ version of google.
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Did you read paynt's welcome post [webmasterworld.com]? Nice way to get started here.
I noticed this using NN on my Mac too.
What I (finally) like about the redirect is the local search option provided. But some of my clients sites are registered or hosted in other countries and are excluded from the discriminative search, even if installed "brick and mortar" here.
If some site aims at some local market (like real estate), it is better to register the domain and host the site locally.
Is anyone 100% sure of what Google use to make this discrimination?
From what I've read in this thread, people don't like redirects, so let's skip that. At the moment we have a couple of popups to make that choice, what do you think about those as a solution?
If you don't like popus (as many others), what would be a favorite alternative? bear in mind that, in case you'd say: "why not having a drop-down menu with the languages and another one with the countries available in that language on the front page of greenpeace.org?" My concern about that is that (I think) it's not possible to have different encodings in a drop down menu (or a page).
So, what to do?
The majority of internet users in our country would turn to Google to research a range of topics which far exceed local content. Being re-directed to inferior content (localized databases) is very frustrating IMHO.