Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from

Forum Moderators: IanTurner & engine

Message Too Old, No Replies

Sick of US results in UK search

Why do search engines return US results in UK only searches

9:43 am on Jul 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

New User

5+ Year Member

joined:June 29, 2008
posts: 9
votes: 0

Are you as hacked off with search engines as I am?

Why do search engines insist on returning US results first despite me selecting the option for UK only? Why does Google.co.uk do the same?

I live in the UK and I am getting pretty hacked off with this, if I search for a product in the UK, I find I am swamped with US results and about 5 pages in I start seeing UK results.

I thought the whole point of as search engine was to help you find stuff that is relevant to your locality quicker and then were able to extend that search further if needed?

So what happened?

I have complained to Google and Yahoo but it falls on deaf ears, why? Because they are US based company's that are not interested in providing you with what you want but what the people who advertise with them want.

Any on-line petitions that are reputable and reliable, please tell me as I would like to start one and see if we can make EVERYONE'S lives easier in the search world.

An example:

I was searching for a news article on the UK police and got results for the met in London (not what I was looking for) and the other results were from some middle american town, Africa and Germany and eventually after the 4th page I found an article on the history of UK police when I was actually looking for a news story from yesterday!

So with that in mind, it would be interesting if you could relate your search engine frustrations.

10:21 am on July 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member beedeedubbleu is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 3, 2004
posts: 6099
votes: 6

I think you were perhaps just unlucky. I don't see much wrong with Google's results on UK only searches. I just tried a few and they were pretty good as far as I can see.
12:09 pm on July 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Oct 26, 2002
votes: 0

Let me add a similar observation from Canada...I see too many US websites in the results when I search Canada only. In fact, it really isn't worth making the effort to filter for Canadian sites in most cases.
4:22 pm on July 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

Administrator from GB 

WebmasterWorld Administrator engine is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:May 9, 2000
votes: 240

Those are interesting observations.

From my part, I see relatively good quality UK results when I select the UK option. In other words, it works for me.

Just a thought: Have you tried using a proxy with your country IP. If that works, then, what it indicates is the search service sees your IP as not being your country IP, but as, for example, US, or even undefined.

10:36 am on July 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

New User

5+ Year Member

joined:June 29, 2008
votes: 0

This has been on going regardless of ISP and IP address.

I have changed ISP from NTL to BT to "3" and I keep on getting these issues.

The only logical conclusion to draw on is that the problems lie in the coding of search engines.

3:55 pm on July 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member piatkow is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Apr 5, 2006
votes: 12

When I do test searches for my search arguements I find that the web results are weighted towards the UK.

The site is location based and I know that there are half a dozen places in New England with the same name.