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an EASY way to see international adwords ads.

Not sure if this works 100% but looks good to me.

     
2:03 am on Oct 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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As an Australian I have always wanted an easy way to see my ads on Google's international sites. Hey even the US (.com) site is international to me as Google redirect me to the Aust. (.com.au) site.

I used to use www-sj.google.com (until it ceased) to see my ads in the US, and now use Proxify.

However, I stumbled across a Google query URL with '&gl=us' at the end which showed me search results AND Adword ads as seen by US searchers. (in case it does not come out in this post; it is 'ampersand' followed by 'gl=us'.)

So I tried a search on www.google.com.au and then added the suffix and voila, US ads appeared.

On the SAME query I replaced the suffix with '&gl=uk' and got UK ads.
Same with '&gl=ca' for Canada.

Is this new, well known, unknown, not reliable?

To make it clear-

1. Go to your country Google web site.
2. Create a query, can be advanced
3. Run the query
4. Ads for your country will be shown.
5. Add '&gl=us' at the end of the URL in your browser
6. See US ads.

For US members try '&gl=uk' for the UK.

[edited by: ThomasAJ at 3:12 am (utc) on Oct. 26, 2003]

2:51 am on Oct 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I used to use the sj datacenter too, thanks for this! :)
10:51 am on Oct 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Very interesting. I'm in Venezuela and also used sj to see US ads.

When I now use the &g=us I do get the US ads however when I use a well known US proxy to see the same search I get a different set of search results although the AdWords are the same.

My conclusion is that Google serves up a different set of search results for US ISPs or known proxy servers. Without being able to use specific search terms I guess there is no way to validate this. If someone based in the US and using a normal ISP wants to sticky me we could compare results and prove this once and for all.

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Thanks. This is really useful. &gl+fr returns resuls for France, as you might expect.
11:30 am on Oct 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Okay, this is interesting. When, under what conditions does this param get added to strings?
hl= # help-language
rl= # restricted-language
gl= # geo(graphic)-language, geo-language?
1:45 pm on Oct 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Be careful, unfortunately &gl=us gets lost after you click on next to see further pages.
1:54 pm on Oct 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It's not new. I think it was Adwords Advisor who first brought it up earlier this year and it's been repeated several times since.