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I am based in the UK, and the site doesn't rank very well on MSN.co.uk.
OK, the server for the site is in Texus. Is that why, or what am I missing here, or is it just that msn.co.uk is slower at backlinks than the .com?
One puzzled dude ValleyC
If the geolocal feature were a poor guide to what customers want on a page, then the net would learn that the feature was just as worthless as steveb has always claimed it was. :-) This doesn't happen, though, because it turns out that the feature is usually a good guide. Although it is true that a US customer might want to see a page hosted in Japan, that is not the way to bet. At training time, the net "sees" thousands of examples where it works and dozens where it doesn't. (Of course this will only be as good as the data used to train it, but that's another discussion.)
Since the net weighs this together with hundreds of other features, it's quite possible to rank even if you are in a different country, but for highly-competitive keywords it's not likely.
I realize this doesn't help you much if your site happens to be one of the exceptions, and we are working on this. I don't have anything concrete to tell you right now though.
In tht specific case you are less wrong than in general, but for the vast majority of searches a user could not care one tiny little bit if a site is hosted in the UK, Canada, the US or Australia.
The fact that the net hasn't figured that out yet is a problem with machine thinking to start with, but mostly MSN clinging to a really dumb idea long past the point that its dumbness is self-evident.
MSN needs to get it in its head to serve up the best search results as its default. If a user searching for "neptune" wants to choose to geolocate his search, then give him the *option* to do so. The default should be "best results", not "poorly done, badly conceived randomness". Build an engine for the 99.8%, not the 0.2% who sit around caring where a server is located.
It appears like this won't change any time soon, which is good for me personally since it kills my competitors not hosted in the US, but if MSN ever were to get some market share it would lead to an explosion of bogus semi-duplicate sites from companies with co.uk and other tlds created just to rank in MSN. MSN should not encourage this noise pollution
we also hearing that geolocation of the server IP is given some weighting by the ai/net,,
I very much doubt that any human construct at this time can identify what human beings believe to be the best of anything,,
hey, if you gather 1000 webbie people an ask them to vote for the best publisher, would any publisher get more than 10% of the vote?
I doubt that.
So when folk talk about "serve the best results", what they really mean is,,
"Park my site on page one, above the fold, then a few of the sites I like"
Msn, what i would like from you chaps is something like
the 2 other biggies site explorers an tools
could you do more to bring new users into the usage off search,
new users means more business for everyone, :-)
Our problem cetainly touches on geo-location issues. We have 4 large, B2B sites that have 1,000s of news items, journalist articles, research etc. Most sites have > 40% of visitors from the USA. These are all PR6 sites and have been going 6 years.
Sites are clean CSS, unique content changed hourly with good intra-site linking, sitemaps etc.
Because the sites are hosted in the UK but are .COM, we have virtualy no pages listed in your .com engines and very shallow crawl depths. All other SEs have no problems at all.
Might you have general suggestions how can we go about fixing this (short of relocating servers - and that is technically not feasible currently).