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Changing language changes search results



4:27 pm on Mar 1, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I recently noticed that when I use the wheel ( on the top right ) of google search result and switch the language, I see different results for the same search term.

For ex : for the keyword "green widget " in French I rank 1 st and in English I rank 9 th ? Where does that variation come from ( I am not logged in when I do the test ) ?

Could the result be based on the address google has in google maps for the company ? If the company is based in the USA and I search in English it shows me US based business 1 st and I enter in competition with US based business and if I search for the same terms in French it shows me the French based businesses ?

Thank you,


10:31 am on Mar 3, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Google personalizes search results. When you change a setting it is likely it will change the personalized search results.


10:59 am on Mar 3, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I understand that but what about if i move my company from Italy ( with an italian address ) to the USA with a us address will I suddenly rank better in the USA because I am now based in the USA ?


11:50 am on Mar 3, 2014 (gmt 0)

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It depends on the type of product. If you serve local area then yes. If your product requires location to be added next to it when searching, then not necessarily.


7:35 am on Mar 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Ok but should I use google map maker to change my business location on google maps ? when i go to google maps and type my business name it appears with the old address but when I click on the magnifier it finds it with the new address… ( in other words it has 2 address ( old and new one, what should I do ? )

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