Google Users Forced To Country Specific TLD

Jun 18, 2012 • 8:53 am | comments (20) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

Google TLD IssueThere are dozens of complaints in the Google Web Search Help forums where users who are based outside of the United States are being forced to use their country specific TLDs.

For example, users in Germany are forced to go to Google.de, even though they want to use Google.com. Same with users in the UK, they are forced to use Google.co.uk, even though they want to use Google.com.

One person said the solution is to switch your browser to Chrome and then it might start working.

One user said:

Today morning I had small health issue and was trying to find EN information about it from google.com and google was redirecting me to my local country google page which is terrible user experience I was clicking google.com link at the bottom of the page, removed my cookies still not able to access google.com, not able to find any information which I was looking for.

I'm using google more than 8 years and what I can say that all this igoogle, +1, redirects to local google version is total waist of user time, you should make everything simple and fast.

I personally experienced this issue yesterday morning at Frankfurt airport. But I honestly thought that is the behavior, I just didn't know better, since 99.999% of my searchers are done in the US.

Is this a bug or is Google changing how they handle this behavior?

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Comments:

Terry Simmonds

06/18/2012 01:02 pm

The google.com link on the bottom of the page isn't taking us to google.com anymore but google.com/ncr is still working and taking us to .com

Roie S

06/18/2012 01:03 pm

This is one of the most annoying things Google has ever done - moved to Bing for all my English searches.

saffyre9

06/18/2012 01:03 pm

I actually didn't know that they didn't force users to their country-specific TLD. They've been forcing Canadian users to Google.ca for so long I don't remember it any other way.

Mags

06/18/2012 01:30 pm

Yes, in the past, when a user in UK was typing google.com in the url bar was 'redirected' to googe.co.uk but then landed on the main google.co.uk page with the link to google.com at the bottom of the page, so when clicked on the link, he/she could use the .com version. Now the link doesn't work anymore and it is a bit of a pain (for some of us at least)...

Brijesh

06/18/2012 01:39 pm

I am also not able to access google.com in India. Right side footer link is also not working. It looks like Google is heading towards the situation which Danny had said in video published on SEOmoz last Wenesday.

Venus

06/18/2012 01:40 pm

I have being discussing this issue with my team members since morning. I wanted to check my keywords in Google.com , but its being redirected to Google.co.in. I hope Google solves this issue soon as this is becoming very annoying since last 3 days.

Bogdan

06/18/2012 02:23 pm

Damn it Google. You're becoming more and more annoying every day. I can't access Google.com either. It sucks!

Clicks Internet Mktg

06/18/2012 02:27 pm

I'm in Puerto Rico and am having no problems using Google.com instead of Google.pr. And I'm able to switch back and forth easily.

Dicebat

06/18/2012 02:32 pm

It's been like this for years! If you're outside the US, go to your Google TLD homepage and click "Google.com" at the bottom right. Just tried it. Still works. (I'm in South Africa) Sorted.

Claude "CodeAngry" Adrian

06/18/2012 03:44 pm

Funny... I ranted about this yesterday: https://plus.google.com/111004895533076548556/posts/8qNfapjDvZ7 I've experience this PITA for a few good days. But even Chrome fails. I tested IE, Firefox 938 (or whatever version they had yesterday), Chrome and Opera. The http://google.com/ncr trick already mentioned by Terry worked for me too.

Matthew

06/18/2012 06:13 pm

It's always been this way for me searching from Canada, Chrome or not.

Sheared Sheep

06/18/2012 06:36 pm

I'm wondering how this is going to impact site traffic.

Stewart Allan

06/18/2012 07:14 pm

Depends what target audience a sites aimed at i can see generic .coms sites being hit and local sites seeing an improvement in stats. Ill be looking for local links from no den.

Terry Simmonds

06/18/2012 10:38 pm

It seems to have reverted back to the old way again here in the UK I am seeing go to google.com again with a link to google.com/ncr in the bottom right hand corner when on google.co.uk

Anti-SEO

06/18/2012 11:01 pm

I experienced this last year. Switched something in browser (don't remember what exactly) and have no probs since that.

Jake

06/19/2012 01:56 am

Okay, this was the dirtiest and most annoying thing Google has ever done in order to force people to use Chromium. Totally against the "don't be evil" motto. Thanks God everything is back to normal again.

Sam

06/19/2012 09:02 am

Clear cache and then see , You will come to know about it.:)

Eyepaq

06/19/2012 11:23 am

I had the same experience yesterday for the entire day (google.at) but now everything is back to normal. In my opinion it was only a temp bug. The trues is that they are now focused on some many products and areas that they are starting to lose focus on the main product, the search. We can't move to bing as it's not going to help us as far as quality with all the issues google is pushing forward but slowly google is starting to be a nasty friend and like any nasty friends at some point you will cut it out. :)

Megan

06/19/2012 12:29 pm

its not a bug its an hidden experiment by google.

Sebastian

06/19/2012 01:54 pm

It's been this way for ages. I've frequently ranted about Google's sneaky redirects and their deceptive cloaking. On top of that, even choosing google.com as preferred search engine doesn't always work, it shoves spammy crap in all alien languages out there down my throat. I'm used to search via google.com/search?q=whatever in the URI bar.

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