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Listing same site in .co.uk and .com search engines?

Best way to ensure site appears in co.uk and .com?

   
1:09 am on May 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have a website which ranks very well in .com search engines but very poorly in uk search engines. I have come to realise that being a .com and having my site hosted in US may be the reason why .co.uk engines don't like listing my site high.

I have been thinking of buying a .co.uk domain name and hosting the exact same site on a uk server as well as having the site on a .com and hosted on a US server.

Would this solve the problem of only being listed high in .com search engines?

Could this be flagged as duplicate content?

Is there a better way of doing this

1:49 am on May 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Your idea would result in the sites being seen as duplicate content.

I would suggest your best course of action would be to move the site to a UK server. ( As many UK Hosts use USA servers make sure the server is in/or seen as in the UK).

2:07 am on May 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Wouldnt it be possible to buy the .co.uk and host it on a uk server and use a 301 to redirect to the .com?

Or is that still duplicate content?

My website is international.. i want to appear on .co.uk and .com search engines.

What is the very best way of doing this?

9:21 am on May 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The best way is to host the .com site in the UK.
1:27 pm on May 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The problem with this is that the their is a country picker on the site ( using a cookie ), so you can choose uk, us, etc.

The UK and US are almost identical but the UK has two new sub sections not in the US code. Plus also the UK search results shows uk jobs first and the US search results show US jobs first.

By default the search engine robots are sent to the US version, visitors are sent to the UK version based on their last cookie setting ( choosing UK from the country picker ), or from their ip address. IP addresses from the UK and shown the UK version.

Now the problem is getting the two new sub sections in the UK indexed, since the search engines spiders are sent to the US versiion by default. To some degree a sitemap would solve this problem, however the two news sub sections will not get the boost in search positions due to them not being linked to the default US version that spiders see. The homepage is a pagerank 7, so it would help if i could get these links boosted from that page.

Would it still be picked up as duplicate content? The two versons are 95% similar but not completely similar?

Any ideas of a work around?

The country picker is javascript, maybe if we could place ankor links in the country picker so that the search engines could scan the UK version, this would work best?