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Incidentally I also spotted a Singapore-only search bring up our url in the last few days.
Is google confused? Or are these country specific searches somewhat fuzzy?
The site is only a few 100 pages large. I do have *one* mention of "london", and one or two mentions of the word "singapore" within the site. Many mentions of Australia, yet no mention in Google's AU index.
Yahoo thinks I'm in Australia.
I don't know where I am.
using site:mydomain in .com, .sg and .co.uk brings up different numbers of results.
Confused, I think.
1. where are the NAMESERVERS for your domain hosted? Not the webserver - the nameservers. That might be the issue.
2. How old is the DMOZ AU regional listing? Is the AU regional DMOZ listing reflected as yet in the Google directory?
Let us know.
glengara, the site has been written in Australian/British spelling. As a rule of thumb I do my best to "neutralise" (or neutralify ;)) the language that I use online by phrasing a particular way (though some British spelling may have slipped through).
Chris_D, The AU dmoz listing is at least a few years old, and is reflected in the google directory. DMOZ on the google toolbar for the site lists another entry it has in the US/world category. The nameserver is located in Dalas, Texas.
I don't believe my site is incredibly complicated or special; I'm curious if anyone else has had similar experiences with Google geo targeting.
I can show you a .com domain, with an Australian DMOZ listing, and a global DMOZ listing, with an Australian nameserver - and Google correctly lists it as an Australian site.
I can't prove it to you - but I think a big part of the answer is in the nameserver location.... are you sure BOTH nameservers are in the US? Many hosting companies use nameservers in different parts of the world, on different trunks, in case there is an issue with a nameserver.
Why Google thinks one of my pages is Singaporean while others are from the UK is beyond me.
site:www.mysite.com (US): 305 results
site:www.mysite.com (SG): 1 result
site:www.mysite.com (UK): 96 results
site:www.mysite.com (AU): 0 results
This is really not a big problem for us as we have a global target and rank well in most cases, but I thought it was intriguing and may offer some insight for others who are targetting various countries...