Google VPN Blocking For Geo-Specific Search Results

Feb 22, 2011 • 8:49 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

A WebmasterWorld thread has one SEO claiming he is no longer able to use a VPN to track Google search results in a different country.

This SEO is based in Singapore and uses a VPN to access the U.S. Google search results. He sad recently that stopped working and Google is detecting he is using a VPN and thus showing him the Singapore results.

He said:

I've been seeing some unsettling behaviour recently with accessing google.com through VPNs, presumed it was a bug at first, but it's been present for over 2 weeks now.

In order to get accurate USA positioning I have to view google.com though a USA VPN, I have access to 9 servers (a mix of a commercial VPN offerings and my own private servers... not a VPS, a private server!)

I have used this approach to get USA rankings for a few years now, but in the past few weeks I've noticed that google is redirecting google.com visits to google.com.hk or google.it or google.co.in. Essentially identifying my VPNs as Chinese, Italian or Indian.

If it is any help my servers are located in New York State, Texas and Los Angeles. All but one now being identified as a random non-USA visitor.

Thinking that google.com may have a way to identify that I'm visiting through a VPN I even used lynx on one of my Texas servers to access google directly, so no VPN involved, google.com still detected me as chinese.

No one else in this thread confirmed the issue, but he said people are complaining about it in the member only SEO Book forums. I cannot verify that simply because it is member only and I cannot discuss what is going on in there.

Have you noticed this issue? I don't see how Google can detect you are accessing a computer in the U.S. and figure out to show you different results on a machine within the U.S. Something doesn't sound right here.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Comments:

James Holden

02/22/2011 02:00 pm

I use proxies to get local results, and one of my USA nodes recently started returning google.co.th! I don't think there's any clever "detection" involved. Instead, I'm inclined to think that something is just broken.

Web Studio

02/22/2011 02:48 pm

I would have to agree with James. I live in the States and my software tracks UK results and Australia results just fine. You might want to invest in a different software.

William Vicary

02/22/2011 05:22 pm

Your agreeing with James is flawed, he is saying his is broke and you are saying yours is not! Google can easily identify server IP addresses to be hosted at different datacenters, data centers can be identified by IP - http://www.robtex.com/dns/seroundtable.com.html#records note the naming of Rackspace within the IP reverse lookup. Google is likely clamping down on people using proxies/VPN's to access their services and scraping their results, its easy to identify if someone is using 1&1, RackSpace, SoftLayer, Dreamhost etc, or the opposite, who ISN'T using a main stream internet provider? Either that, or its broke.

Nuttakorn

02/23/2011 03:17 am

I used VPN from Singapore to US last week, when I went Google.com, it redirected to Google.com.hk, this week is working fine. It is not redirect to HK site anymore.

Aziz Ahmed

02/23/2011 02:06 pm

its true.. am facing the same issue.

BananaVPN

03/07/2011 12:32 pm

Yes, this is admin at BananaVPN I can confirm that google's GEO IP detection is either broken or delibertly shown different results. It is not just singapore. It seems that becuase many users from one country use the same server ip google thinks that the server is in that country. The solution is to visit the English Google at http://www.google.com/ncr

Saul

07/20/2012 01:13 pm

That`s weird, I`m not having this issue. I`m using the USA servers from http://www.sunvpn.com/ here in Singapore.

Thomas

07/07/2013 08:28 pm

please try novelvpn USA servers http://www.novelvpn.com ,this problem solve with large ip pool. I do not have any problem!

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