Hi, I am located in Spain, and have problems to check position in google.com as when I try to enter I am automatically redirected to Google.es. I wonder if in england most people for the same reason are using google.co.uk and in Ireland google.ie, I can easily check co.uk and .ie If so, is google.com only used in us? This is important as my english homepage has fallen in .com but not very bad in .co.uk Thanks
Use a proxy for the country you wish to double-check. In addition, clear your cache before and after each piece of research. Personalised results mean that it's quite variable, and also dependent upon server load and the datacenter involved.
Searching Google.com from the UK still returns geo targeted results from the UK
Not always. It depends what you search for. If I search for "accommodation some-town-not-in-uk" then google.com does not return results geotargeted for UK.
I have tested this particular case by phoning few friends in other countries and asked them to do the same search on google.com in English, but in their countries and read me the results of the first 10 entries. In cases I have researched, the results they were getting in other European countries using google.com were identical to what I was seeing in UK on google.com.
However, searching for "pizza" or "shoes" on google.com from UK would return UK-geotargeted results.
If I search for "accommodation some-town-not-in-uk" then google.com does not return results geotargeted for UK.
If your "some-town-not-in-uk" is Havana, the difference between .co.uk and .com is dramatic, both in real results and ads. Especially noticeable because I deliberately used a different browser so I didn't benefit from my ordinary ad blocker. The .com version could only come up with one ad in the main results area, while the .co.uk version had a fistful-- including one citing a price in pounds.
I'd expected this thread to have garnered many more posts since I last read it about 3 hours ago before leaving for the library. But after ::cough-cough:: being deflected by Zamboni, I understand the silence.
I tried .ca rather than .com with a London based query. It gave me 3 Canadian sites at the top and then the usual UK sites from positions 1 to 7 in much the same order. (For the geographically challenged there is also a London in Ontario)
.com gives me all UK sites on the same search.
If I repeat the query substituting Essex (there are, I think, three towns with that name in New England) the first page is the same in .com and .uk with purely UK results
Repeat search for a non uk location and I get the same non uk results.