All my clients are situated within the UK. My question is has anyone seen any difference in rankings from using regional websites for backlinks as opposed to say overseas websites.
4:43 pm on Mar 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
Ranking will differ according to search engine, enquirer's location and the exact search term. Supposedly strong backlinks from UK sites will strengthen your position in the .uk versions of the major search engines. Certainly you will get more useful direct traffic from UK links. I don't know about "regional" as opposed to "national" UK sites.
6:33 pm on Mar 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
I experimented with two domains a couple of years back and found that the UK links worked better when searching specifically for UK supplier. It affirmed its UK standing. Those sites still do well today.
12:24 pm on Mar 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
So would you say a link on a relevant page that is hosted in the US would not count so much in ranking terms as perhaps a UK link?
Google is a pain. ;)
5:09 pm on Mar 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
In very simple terms, yes. But, consider this: A link from a high profile US-based authority site would be worth more than a mediocre UK site with little authority.
I'd suggest starting after the high authority UK sites first.
Make sure you keep the linking in sites on-topic, too, if possible.
2:28 pm on Apr 13, 2011 (gmt 0)
In my view common sense prevails! If a US site "vote" for a UK site then why would Google.co.uk value that as highly as a UK "vote" - all else being equal a UK based link far out weighs its US counterpart.