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Google.ie showing UK Results?

Posted in: Geotargeting by Richard Hearne on May 16, 2008
Internet Marketing Ireland

What do you do when you’re blogging regularity turns into a stubbornly long hiatus? Do a bit of Google bashing :mrgreen:

So why when I go to Google.ie and search for ‘reach and wash window cleaning’ (‘web search’) do they give me a whole bunch of UK sites?

Google Search: reach and wash window cleaning
Google search for ‘reach and wash window cleaning’

Has anyone else noticed this?

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  1. Try using the ‘pages from Ireland’ radio button

    Comment by Alan — May 16, 2008 @ 10:21 am

  2. Hi Alan

    Recent research shows that less than 20% of users utilise that function in the UK. I would expect that to be pretty indicative of Irish behaviour also.

    The point I’m making is that if I go to Google.co.uk and repeat this search they dont show me a bunch of Irish websites.

    Thanks for dropping by, rgds

    Comment by Richard Hearne — May 16, 2008 @ 10:38 am

  3. Lawn experts is another. I’m wondering is it due to the lack of Irish sites for that keyword?

    Comment by Gavin — May 16, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

  4. Only thing is if you select ‘PFI’ you get a decent enough result set.

    I see you were #1 for ‘seo ireland’ the other day Gavin – did you notice that?


    Comment by Richard Hearne — May 16, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

  5. I did notice the position although I would prefer if your site replaced mine considering I’m not active in the field.

    Comment by Gavin — May 16, 2008 @ 3:45 pm

  6. Should Google.ie default to returning pages from Ireland? Without pressing the radiobutton – I think so.

    Richard – I think that there are alot of industries out there who haven’t yet jumped on the web bandwagon. Window washing probably being one of them – I’d hasten a guess that the UK sites would be easy to topple – with onpage ranking factors being the main reason they are at the top of the chain. I may be wrong, but backlinks / social bookmarking / linkbait – isn’t that high on the average window washers agenda.

    Comment by Paul Anthony — May 18, 2008 @ 8:53 am

  7. Hi Paul

    In general Google applies a bias to local sites in local search properties, even when searching the web. If they didn’t we’d likely see a lot of US sites for this query. But for some reason we’re getting UK results when we shouldn’t. I wouldn’t underestimate window washers jump onto the web mind – if you check the results many of the ranking pages are homepages not inner-pages, so it’s less likely that on-page factors are driving this. You’d generally see far more inner pages if it was otherwise.

    Thanks for the observations,

    PS – I actually wouldn’t want PFI pre-selected for searches on google.ie.

    Comment by Richard Hearne — May 18, 2008 @ 9:30 am

  8. I’ve been seeing really large swings in the last few days, maybe they are playing around and tweaking their regional algorithms again. I know they do it quite a lot. These things keep me on my toes !

    Comment by paul — May 20, 2008 @ 8:46 am

  9. Hello Richard, is it just Google UK or other Google sites?

    This does appear to help Irish websites hoping to sell into the UK…

    Comment by Kevin — May 20, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

  10. Hi Paul – defo lots of volatility in the SERPs recently. Sometimes bordering crazy IMO.

    Hi Kevin – this is actually UK results appearing on Google.ie web searches. SO not much help to Irish sites on any count LOL

    Rgds to both

    Comment by Richard Hearne — May 20, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

  11. Richard – Thanks for clearing that up.

    Have selected the geo targetting tool a couple of months back to target UK. Desn’t appaers to have had any effect yet.

    Comment by Kevin — May 20, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

  12. I’ve been noticing major updates in the serps this past week. This past change only seemed to happen in the past 2 days. I’ve been monitoring under the keywords: mortgages, remortgages, etc. I only noticed a flood of uk sites yesterday. I’m sure it’ll be corrected in the next few days

    Comment by Leo — June 7, 2008 @ 1:35 pm

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