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8:56 am on Jan 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

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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
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After you get redirected to the google.es, scroll to the bottom of the screen and you will find a link to google.com. Click on this link and this will not redirect you any more.
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In UK I go to Google.com if that is what I enter but I still see UK based results. I can test this by a search using a location that exists in both UK and USA.
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After you get redirected to the google.es, scroll to the bottom of the screen and you will find a link to google.com. Click on this link and this will not redirect you any more.

Thanks, good tip
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In UK I go to Google.com if that is what I enter but I still see UK based results. I can test this by a search using a location that exists in both UK and USA.

I wonder if those results are equal if you use google.co.uk instead of google.com
I suppose so by your answer, but good to confirm.
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If you use Firefox install the Google Global extension and it gives you USA/UK/IE/CA/AU
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If you use Firefox install the Google Global extension and it gives you USA/UK/IE/CA/AU


Thanks,
will do so
Am still curios what result english speaking countres get by default, or wich normally normal persons use.
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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.
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I wonder if those results are equal if you use google.co.uk instead of google.com

I have never bothered to go through in detail but the top 3 defintely are the same and the rest of the page 1 SERPS are still UK related. The only obvious difference is in the number of ads displayed.
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Perhaps it depends on the search phrase and how strong in general the top results are. For the keywords I am following, google.com and google.co.uk are different (searching from the UK).
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Searching Google.com from the UK still returns geo targeted results from the UK, I suppose its the same from most countries.
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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.
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If on IE, then use the Google Toolbar, as you can alter it to show results from a number of countries. Even has the PR for those that go by it.
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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.

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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.
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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.