Search engines - country specific versions - GOOGLE REPLIES

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I have a site ( http://www.virtualsorrento.com.au) thats ranked No 1 for its category in Australia.
Its taken a lot of hard work to get to that position in Australia and I don't wont to loose it.
I'm going to update my site from html to php, and therefore need to get my site hosted on a new server.
I am intending to move my site, currently being hosted on an Australian server, to being hosted on an American server.

BUT HERE'S AN EXTRACT FROM AN ARTICULE I READ.

1 All the big engines (Google, Yahoo etc) now have country-
specific versions (eg: Google Australia, Yahoo Australia,
Google Denmark, Google Canada, Google UK etc)

2. When people search in the country-specific versions, the
engines automatically *exclude* any domain that's no native
to that country - so if you have a .com (for example) your
site will *not* appear in the results when a visitor searches
through Australian listings because .com, .net, .org etc



Here's my delema, and I hope it's not too dumb a question.
Will Google Australia & Yahoo Australia etc , still recognise my .com.au site as Australian even if it's hosted in America.?
Or will they treat it as a .com site because of it's IP address.?

Cheers from Australia
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I don't think the IP address should make a difference
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Yeah, they use "intelligent" profiling to determine where you're located.

Even .com's can turn up on a google.co.uk search of the UK, for example - if Google sees that the content is UK related.
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Axe wrote:
Even .com's can turn up on a google.co.uk search of the UK, for example - if Google sees that the content is UK related.


And often when the content isn't uk related!!

I do plenty of google searches just in the uk and loads of .com sites turn up!
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Thanks ccb056, Axe, rtm223 for taking the time to answer my querie.

For your interest here's the definitive answer from GOOGLE


Hi Ray,

Thank you for your note. When you search for pages from Australia, Google
finds sites hosted in Australia. A site's domain does not affect whether
or not it will be returned with this restrict enabled. As a result, a .com
site hosted in Australia will show up in results for pages from Australia,
while a .com.au site hosted in the United States will not. We hope this
information helps to clarify you concerns.

Regards,
The Google Team
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well, thanks for letting us know about that! Guess I will be looking for a uk host now then!
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That's kinda strange, cuz I've got a .co.uk domain, sitting on a server in Georgia that comes up on google.co.uk searches within the UK :)
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lol @ axe. So whats going on here then :?
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lol, I've no idea, heh
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They use both the domain name and IP address.

If you move hosts between the US and UK, you notice a difference in the type of traffic.

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I have the reverse problem. My .com site is hosted in Canada but the content is UK specific. But I don't show up in Google's UK searches. Do you guys think I should get it hosted in the UK?

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