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Anyone else seen this unusal behaviour in UK Google SERPs?

     
2:48 pm on Aug 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi all, just looking for a little insight from the community about a strange issue I've been seeing.

If I perform a search in Google.co.uk for some of my keywords, I won't see my page showing up in the top 200 - 300 results.

However, if I now search for the same keywords with the "pages from the UK" radio button selected, I'll see my page ranking within the top 10 results. This is repeated across a great many keywords / pages within this particular subsection of my site - but not all keywords. And also I have not seen it on any other subsection of my site. All the subsections are esentially the same in terms of navigation.

Anyone else seen this? Any ideas about what could be done to rectify it?

Thanks for any feedback.

A

3:35 pm on Aug 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like you are referring to geo-targetting when selecting "UK" as opposed to Google.co.uk "com" results.

This is especially noticeable in Firefox and can give very strange "com" results. Try Opera or another browser and see what you get, bet they're different.

4:11 pm on Aug 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Husky, are you saying that the SERPs differ depending on browser used, especially if the browser is Firefox? Any idea why?

I did notice different SERPs some 6 months ago between Chrome and Firefox/IE, but Firefox & IE had the same SERPs and Chrome slightly different.

4:55 pm on Aug 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

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In my experience they can certainly differ presumably because they draw from a different database set of results. If you want to see different again then try AOL and, I think, Dell if my memory serves me right.

Get yourself a proxy and just see the actual US Google.com results however you can actually sometimes see a difference these days by using "Go to Google.com".

With so many results' servers it's hardly surprising they are not fully synchronised however sometimes the US results can be way, way different to what one sees here.