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, even though they want to use Same with users in the UK, they are forced to use, even though they want to use

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 and google was redirecting me to my local country google page which is terrible user experience I was clicking link at the bottom of the page, removed my cookies still not able to access, 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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Terry Simmonds

06/18/2012 01:02 pm

The link on the bottom of the page isn't taking us to anymore but 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.


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 for so long I don't remember it any other way.


06/18/2012 01:30 pm

Yes, in the past, when a user in UK was typing in the url bar was 'redirected' to but then landed on the main page with the link to 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)...


06/18/2012 01:39 pm

I am also not able to access 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.


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 , but its being redirected to I hope Google solves this issue soon as this is becoming very annoying since last 3 days.


06/18/2012 02:23 pm

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

Clicks Internet Mktg

06/18/2012 02:27 pm

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


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 "" 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: 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 trick already mentioned by Terry worked for me too.


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 again with a link to in the bottom right hand corner when on


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.


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.


06/19/2012 09:02 am

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


06/19/2012 11:23 am

I had the same experience yesterday for the entire day ( 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. :)


06/19/2012 12:29 pm

its not a bug its an hidden experiment by google.


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 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 in the URI bar.

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