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I decided to perform an experiment last weekend and constructed a brand new 35 page promotional brochure site on a 14 year old .co.uk. This .co.uk has been pointing at our .com for a couple of years now and both have been hosted in the U.K. from inception.
Googlebot came in mid-week and performing a site:example.co.uk returns only 6 results, the index page and five product pages! So I decided to check to see if I could find those pages in the SERPs using the three word keyphrases for the five product pages.
All the pages are authoratative with plenty of text, images and relevant information and all five, I'm pleased to say, are in the top 10 results, we'll see how long that lasts.
I find it strange that Googlebot has taken the entire site and only showing six pages at present, it's not as though it's a huge site.
Meanwhile I am still having yo-yoing problems with the 10 year old retail brochure site and really cannot see any point in attempting anything whilst there is such an extreme flux occurring.
Meanwhile G has moved a load of my .coms hosted on a US server back into the Google.co.za results...argh...what are they doing?
[edited by: tedster at 5:47 am (utc) on July 1, 2008]
I used to have some internal links as well as external links returned with a "repeat the search with the omitted results included" link at the bottom. Now I only have 6 external links.
I wonder how Google decides which links to show and why this function exists if it isn't useful for users or webmasters.
My experimental .co.uk site is now ranking extremely well in both Google.com/co.uk SERPs and has thrown up a very interesting conundrum!
The site I used for example.co.uk was basically example.tld, a non EU/US country, with more updated information and some newer images.
This site has never ranked well in ANY Google SERPs, and, as I said, now doing extremely well.
Interestingly the sites that have been purged from Google.co.uk are ranking well in the Google SERPs for their country.tld.
From my global perspective this sort manipulation throws a huge spanner in the Google works!
1. Can I now construct virtually identical country-specific sites without them being hit for a duplicate penalty?
2. Do I now have to expect international buyers to go to country-specific Google.tlds to source their supplies?
3. Why Q2? The Google.com SERPs are already heavily dominated by many US companies. I hardly think that G is going to start elevating other.tlds through the SERPs even though they may be the most relevant.
Time to roll out WW2 methinks?
One for retail, one for international trade.
We were #1 for a two word term for years until last August and I've worked tirelessly (within the rules set by the great Google) to get this back for the whole of that time. I managed to get back to #2 but #1 eluded me.
A few days ago I analysed the relevant page and that of my competitors for the plural and tweaked mine until I had a slightly higher density and prominence for the plural word. Today I went to #1.
I'm still #2 on .com.
This may be a coincidence but I don't think it is and therefore stems and plurals of certain words which have different main meanings in UK and US English have, I believe become more important of late.
Maybe I've been dropped due to the site being hosted in Germany even though it's a co.uk domain - I contacted NTT today to ask if I could move to the London datacentre but was advised that they now only have a datacentre in Frankfurt.
Maybe it's time to move to another provider in the UK!
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