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Google drops geo filter for .co.uk domains?

     

atlrus

9:17 pm on Aug 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I am just wondering if I am the only one seeing this - since yesterday I am hitting Google results which seem to be without the geo-filter (via google toolbar, no history). A lot of .co.uk domains back in the google.com results, including a few of mine.

Can anyone else confirm this?

tedster

2:14 am on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Are you using a UK IP address to search Google? I'm assuming that's the case.

I know there was a lot of frustration around UK geo-location, but I wasn't aware that it impacted google.com searches as well as google.co.uk searches. It only makes sense for google.com searches made from the UK to include - and even feature - .co.uk domains. I'm glad to hear that you're seeing that happen.

HuskyPup

1:55 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)



Are you using the Google.co.uk "the web" or Google.com or through a proxy and in which browser(s)?

I can throw up loads of different results depending which method I use.

FWIW my widget Google.co.uk results haven't changed much at all.

atlrus

2:55 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I am using Google.com with an U.S. IP...

activeco

2:33 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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...including a few of mine.

You mean a few co.uk's of yours?
Have you checked the rankings on google.co.uk before switching to .com? Cleared the cache and cookies? Browser's default (english) languages? Tried the same query from another PC?

wheel

7:00 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Actually, I think I'm seeing something similiar. I just did a search on google.com from a non-us, non-uk ip address and my rankings dropped (not that I care on the term and location I was searching for).

More appropriately, I don't think my rankings dropped so much as there seems to be another 5-10 UK based sites now ranking ahead of me. UK sites that I don't think were there before.

atlrus

12:50 am on Aug 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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You mean a few co.uk's of yours?
Have you checked the rankings on google.co.uk before switching to .com? Cleared the cache and cookies? Browser's default (english) languages? Tried the same query from another PC?

Yes to all, including from different ISPs. I think a big update is coming (or a small shake-up) aside from the ordinary move. The returned results on one of the keywords I monitor jumped three-fold...