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I don't like the .au interface's "Australia Only" option because it returns mainly .au sites but also a lot of non-AU pages with no obvious connection with Australia, not even the domain registrar. Look up "IDET" (a back procedure) for Australian only sites.
My Aussie sites are .com and are linked from some .au but don't show up in an "Pages from Australia" search.
Thank you - I was first going to disagree with you but then I decided to search for "IDET" (AU only) and checked three of the .org, .com and a Russian-language .com hit. All three appear to be hosted in Australia! The last one is about jokes and idet is a Russian word, which is why I never guessed the site could be in .au.
You are correct. My site does not show up under google.com.au but does show up under google.com. The funny thing is if i search for www.mydomain.com in google.com.au my site is listed but it does not matter how specific a search i do, my site will not show up in .com.au
Seems there is not much i can do about this outside of moving my hosting to Australia.
I think if you really want to target Australian's you need to have a com.au domain.
If you content is about Australia, but for an international target then they will not be using google.com.au
Remember the default search on google.com.au is not for Australian sites. I would guess most people do not click on the Australian only sites.
Just one little thing I could not get the google toolbar to default to google.com.au no matter where I looked in all the options.
1. click on the down arrow next to the Google logo on the toolbar
2. you then click on "toolbar options"
3. Heading " General Options" - drill down to google.com.au
4. Presto - done!
Good luck .
By the way - do any of the other Australian Search Engines have a toolbar that I can download?