I dont get it, in webmaster tools I have it to focus on USA, but still I rank several pages better when you search in countries I dont even know. Is there something like a USA ban or Panda US. Yes the server is located in the US and domain is .com
Is the server physically located inside the U.S.? Are you located in the U.S.? (asking because you call it "USA", a common foreign trait) Was it any different when you didn't set GWT to focus on the U.S.?
I've seen this before too, one of my client couldn't get past Page 3 for cheap widgets keywords in Google USA, whilst they have ranked so well (page 1) on other Google for the same keywords, even got Top 3 on Bing and Yahoo. It could be some form of penalty
I have one site that is page 1 on EVERY tld to page 65 on .com ... maybe some people have friends in the right places or, most likely, hahahaha, .com is totally fubard?
Look, I can't even get new pages in their index these days. Exclusive stuff I uploaded a couple of weeks or so ago Bing already has them at #1, that's just how unique they are, Google does not even recognise the spellings let alone the information.
Google is old news and the sooner everyone withdraws themselves from their crack the better.
I have the same problem, but I think that the point isn't in Google.com, but in English language selection. For example, if you search on Google.com with language preference Swedish, my site doesn't appear to be pandalized. More precisely, I'm pandalized only when English is selected (I use Adwords Preview Tool) and then I'm outranked by various spam/scraper sites. Changing site's preference to the US in GWT didn't solve the problem.
If it's not manipulation then something is seriously broken and has to have been for some time.
For example my B&M company name is example, I own example.com/biz/info/eu/co.uk/asia/in/co.in/cn/ch/com.br/ru/tel/mobi and the highest I rank in Google.com for example is at #33 and Google.co.uk at #190 and the titlebar reads:
That's all there is, the meta description is correct.
No need to ask who's #1 on Bing in front of Wikipedia is there?
I have the same problem, I rank better in India for prime keywords. Between early last year up until the time my google traffic started totally crashing (a couple of months ago or so). Traffic from the USA was was being replaced by Indian traffic (as a percentage), yet, my hosting is in the USA, my primary domain is a .com, all others (mostly .com's) are 301'ed to it I use WMT with a preferred setting as USA.
I suspect that there are many Indian SEO's with spammy sites linking to me. My backlink profile must consist largely of these links, The irony is that I often received many reciprocal links request from shoddy SEO's in India/Pakistan which I always ignored.
I have been thinking of blocking ip ranges from these regions for a some time. I know the results of my efforts can be easily circumvented and that this won't address the issue of the existing links adequately. However, it might help keep me out of sight to some extent and slow down the occurrences of new links.