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Bing Regional Appears to be Giving Prominence To Regional Domains

     

engine

3:02 pm on Jan 24, 2012 (gmt 0)

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When using bing uk i'm noticing uk domains getting prominence over generally better ranked and better linked .com, despite being hosted in the uk.

Are you finding the same or similar?

HuskyPup

9:57 pm on Jan 25, 2012 (gmt 0)



Are you finding the same or similar?


Unfortunately I've been finding this for awhile and find I'm having to change my country/region, heavens knows why Bing thinks I'm in Hackney, Greater London?

dstiles

10:39 pm on Jan 25, 2012 (gmt 0)

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We're usually tagged as in the London area, although we're west country. To do with who supplies our broadband IP. Which is why regional cannot work without compromising privacy. :)

engine

6:23 pm on Jan 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The SERPs with regional domains are fine, I can see why that might be the case, however, when a .com has all the baclinks, even from the region, yet it is nowhere to be seen. That is the problem.

IP-based delivery is a different issue, if that's what you mean. Most of the time, the IP-base delivery that i've seen is inaccurate.

Bing regional giving prominence to regional domain over .com is a weird accessment. It just means that we have to retain regional domains for Bing.

dstiles

11:27 pm on Jan 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

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From the very beginning, back in the '90s, I worked on the principle that TLD extensions should reflect the country you are in, not the country you want to sell/info to. That was the way the web was promoted back then - at least outside of the US, which has always taken "possession" of the .COM/etc TLD as their very own. The initials WWW should have been a clue to (eg) G and (now) to Bing.

Until now G has been the only one to punish our UK domains, forcing us to add .COM domains just to keep the businesses running. Other engines respond properly to the search words, such as travel UK or travel USA.

If bing has now gone regional it's going to get worse.

wordy

10:26 am on Jan 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I am seeing the same, engine.

I emailed Bing about this 8 months ago and received a standard reply about .com domains appearing in Bing US unless the content-language meta tag is used in the head section of the page or the http header. This doesn't make any difference or the fact the site is hosted in the UK. I have page 1 rankings for search terms in Bing US but the same terms are on pages 3 or 4 in Bing UK.

Bing should allow site owners to choose their market as Google does in Webmaster Tools.

dstiles

9:23 pm on Jan 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

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NOT as google does. There are several market areas, not just local or world. For example, some of our sites are local but others trade with US, AU, NZ, EU and similar but not CN, KR, BR etc.

If they are going to offer that feature then do the job properly, not slapdash like G.

Of course, a large number of web site owners do not even know about webmastertools in any form, so why not go back to people specifying any required country in the initial search, as we used to (and still do in some engines)?