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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?
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.
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.