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In order to provide this optimal experience, your location determines the country service you receive results for across Google Search and Maps. Historically, these services have been labeled and accessed via country code top level domain names (ccTLD) such as [google.ng for Nigeria] or [google.com.br for Brazil]. You may also have typed in the relevant ccTLD in your browser.
Today, we’ve updated the way we label country services on the mobile web, the Google app for iOS, and desktop Search and Maps. Now the choice of country service will no longer be indicated by domain. Instead, by default, you’ll be served the country service that corresponds to your location....
If for some reason you don't see the right country when you're browsing, you can still go into settings and select the correct country service you want to receive. Typing the relevant ccTLD in your browser will no longer bring you to the various country services—this preference should be managed directly in settings. If for some reason you don't see the right country when you're browsing, you can still go into settings and select the correct country service you want to receive. Typing the relevant ccTLD in your browser will no longer bring you to the various country services—this preference should be managed directly in settings. In addition, at the bottom of the search results page, you can clearly see which country service you are currently using.
@glitterball You are making assumption that most users are smart and are correctly requesting what they want. I've done a large amount of usability testing and have come to the conclusion you can never underestimate how stupid users can act. Yes, some power users may intentionally want to change their serps, but I would guess since Google is dealing with billions of users the stupid people outnumber the power users and this will satisfy more users than it upsets. If Google was half as stupid as we wish it was, people would be switching over to Bing. Somehow Google is smart enough to keep making users happy and staying with Google. Let's be careful to respect our adversary :)
from Google's point of view, it's all about local, on mobile
I'm wondering if you posted in the correct thread. How is zombie traffic connected to Google country specific SERPs?
I do agree with you that this change will reduce automated annoyances to Google but any smart operation will just use VPNs and other work arounds. This won't significantly impact smart operations.
Glitterball: Yet another example of Google disrespecting what the user has requested:
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