Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 3.80.4.76

Forum Moderators: open

Message Too Old, No Replies

Ranked for .com but not for .co.uk

Why is Google Ignoring My UK site

     
6:23 pm on Mar 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

Junior Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 21, 2004
posts:60
votes: 0


I have a site purely for UK clients. It is indexed in Google and has a PR6 with 55 backlinks. The second highest site for my main keyword has a PR of 5 and 10 backlinks! When I use the 'pages in the UK' search, it isn't anywhere to be found. The site is hosted on a Germany based server and when I use Google.DE it is right there! Does that mean that Google thinks it's a German site? Does anyone know how to do something about it?

Cheers

Charles

11:32 pm on Mar 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

Administrator from US 

WebmasterWorld Administrator 10+ Year Member

joined:Sept 26, 2002
posts:165
votes: 16


Does that mean that Google thinks it's a German site?

Yes ...Google looks at where the site is hosted.
Does anyone know how to do something about it?

Yes, host your site in the UK.
3:02 am on Mar 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

New User

10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 3, 2003
posts:35
votes: 0


Are you you using a .com domain? If so then google has no way of knowing that it is a UK site and will just use the server location as a reference.
3:21 am on Mar 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

New User

10+ Year Member

joined:Nov 18, 2003
posts:23
votes: 0


So does google know the difference between US and Canada hosting providers?
12:02 am on Mar 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

Preferred Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 28, 2003
posts:490
votes: 0


Hmmm not so sure,

We have .co.uk sites hosted in the United States and our sites are in the same place at the top of the serps in both the .co.uk and the .com
This has been the case for a few years now since we moved from low bandwith expensive uk servers.

Bek.

7:42 am on Mar 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

New User

10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 28, 2004
posts:2
votes: 0


I've been researching this question, too. I have a .ca site hosted in the US which does pretty well on both google.com and google.ca. I am associated with another site that has a .com extension but is hosted on a Canadian server; it too seems to do well on bot googles.

What I've seen to date suggests that the google.ca listing requires some evidence of "Canadian content" - i.e., either a .ca domain name extension OR a Canadian host.

My question now is would a .com site on a US server make it to google.ca if it contained contact information (on page content) with a Canadian address and phone number?

(substitute .com.uk for .ca as required)

11:24 am on Mar 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

New User

10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 20, 2004
posts:25
votes: 0


Take a look at these posts.. should help you out:
[webmasterworld.com...]
[webmasterworld.com...]
11:45 am on Mar 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

Senior Member from GB 

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Aug 13, 2003
posts:1054
votes: 3


Google look at the TLD, if it is .co.uk, .uk.com etc... then it thinks you are a UK site. If the area cannot be determined by TLD (such as .com, .net, .org etc...) it looks at the IP address of the host and assumes you are from that country.
12:17 pm on Mar 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

joined:July 21, 2000
posts:1402
votes: 0


>.uk.com...

Is not a TLD! It is a sub-domain of uk.com - so is treated as a .com if not hosted in the UK.

5:13 pm on Mar 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

New User

10+ Year Member

joined:Dec 25, 2003
posts:31
votes: 0


this could be a trigger for google to include:

<meta http-equiv="content-language" content="en-gb">

and: it's not ignored...

hope this helps

 

Join The Conversation

Moderators and Top Contributors

Hot Threads This Week

Featured Threads

Free SEO Tools

Hire Expert Members