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Google.co.uk / .com ranking oddity

Index page of a UK hosted site appears much lower in google.co.uk than .com

     
10:55 pm on Jun 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I've come across a strange situation where the main index (home) page for a UK hosted website appears on page 14 of the search results pages for www.google.co.uk when using a particular two word combination, but on page 2 on www.google.com

This ranking oddity only seems to effect the index page. When searching for phrases relevant for sub pages, they rank higher on google.co.uk than on www.google.com as you would expect.

Has anyone experienced this before? Does anyone have any advice?

11:39 pm on June 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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There was a Google "UK index page problem" that went on for many months last year.

Go back through the old threads and see if that is the same problem you see now.

8:45 am on June 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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at this moment in time the site command for google UK does not show any sites
8:47 am on June 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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We've got another thread with something similar, toonarmy. That's probably the best place for your report, which sounds slightly different:

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12:21 pm on June 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I don't think this problem has anything to do with the root pages disappearance problem a few months ago or the site command problem.

I too am experiencing this problem. Whilst, page 2 to 14 on regional Googles is an extreme case, I am seeing my site rank well above competitors on google.com, but lower than them on google.com.au.

At first it was mentioned that local inbound links may solve it, but I think Google's algo is way more complex than that. Organic CTRs and site content definitely come into play, but figuring how to optimise for regional G's still seems to be a mystery.

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Yes same here.

How G is ranking is just plain odd. In our industry you really need someone local. However, in .co.uk companies without a UK base rank above us.

Nothing wrong in that of course, website ranking varies.

However, on google.com we rank above these sites - probably the reverse of what makes most sense if you are trying to localise results.