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Is it possible to rank a .com.au site #1 in the US?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by mikie46, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. mikie46

    mikie46 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    The answer is; YES!

    I thought i was seeing things when i did a search for the product in google yesterday, thinking it was my cache etc. I rebooted my PC and CCleaner ran at startup.
    Then i loaded my search terms in IE11, Firefox and Chrome all showing the same results.

    .com.au ranking #1 in the US.

    I proxied an IP from AU and ran the same search. Over there im #1, #1 #2 #3 for keyword Australia, #1 #2 for where to buy Keyword in Australia, etc.

    This was a test i had to prove to myself. Up till a few days ago i was ranked on page 6 in the US for months and months, today it is on page 1 #1.

    I figured if .com's can show up on the first page in any country why cant .com.au's and any other for that matter.

    So all your Aussies out there, get to work!

    Sorry to see my competitor, NOT, loose 2 sites last week because he was blasting his sites directly with links, 97k that is. Bad thing! Good for me :)

    My site has only 54 links going to it guys! He has 97,000. Live and learn!

    Now i have to change my TITLE to not shows PRODUCT Australia because USA customers may go elsewhere thinking its only a site for AU customers.
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  2. WPRipper

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    Yeah i saw a few com.au ranking very well, when i did some research last week.
     
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  3. nanavlad

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    If your product sells in america, the .au wont make a difference
    just like you said make it more international content
     
  4. costin

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    Anything is possible, when SEO is done wisely:)
     
  5. pxoxrxn

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    .com.au domains are arguably of better quality than .com domains. To buy one you need an Australian Business Number and are governed by the owning agency. We get a bit of traffic from the USA with .com.au domains but we don't ship there so they are wasting their time visiting out site.
     
  6. hardcorebiker

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    Yes you can rank them but did you check where those sites are hosted? If they are hosted in USA and its a .com.au domain then you will get better results in US(Global). To get maximum results host them where you want it to rank the best.
     
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    Do you have anything to back that up with? I doubt Google uses website location as a ranking factor. It would be a completely pointless metric. Most Australian's host their websites over seas because our internet is shit.
     
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    You can rank almost anything (Give or take, wouldn't fancy ranking a .info)

    Fair play though, nice to see peep's getting results!
     
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    Oh yes I do.

    Site 1:
    Hosted in UK and has a .Com. Ranking far better in UK compared to US for the same keywords.

    Site 2:
    Hosted in Asia and a .Com. Ranking better in Asia compared to US.

    Site 3:

    Hosted in Singapore, a .Com and ranking much better in Google.com.Sg

    I just got these 3 examples which I had tested and I am pretty sure its a metric which google uses. I even checked the competitors and compared their keywords in semrush for various countries and some are ranking better in the country they are hosted.

    Now, some sites do use webmasters tool to notify google where they are exactly targeting so if you dont want to host in the country you are targeting then simply modify the geographic location setting in webmasters and test and see how it goes.

    You can check the video below where he said the same. Not saying you should trust him but after comparing the results I got I can say that its true.

     
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  10. Duffers5000

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    Obviously I cant set up an Australian website although I would love to if theres a workaround thats not illegal.

    I have ranked sites in New Zealand. Ones with local hosting rank quicker than ones with us/uk hosting.

     
  11. irdeto

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    I've always struggled ranking .com.au's outside of australia

    yes you can rank a company name / brand / authority (for example the keyword vegemite ranks vegemite.com.au globally) but i personally haven't had much luck ranking my keywords on .com.au domains. My .com's have always come out ahead.

    .com.au almost always outranks a .com in australia if the subject matter and authority is similar enough. I would imagine the same would apply on Google US. (a .com would outrank a .com.au if the subject matter and authority are on par with each other).

    Willing to do further testing. i gave up on this a long time ago :)
     
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    .gov naturally ranks better then .com because it's hard to get .gov and google gives it "some" importance.

    but still seo matters most.
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  13. mikie46

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    I host the site in AU even though i live in the US. Also, i used to host a UK domain in the US yet i ranked on page #1 in the UK.
     
  14. pxoxrxn

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    Well there you go. I think Google is really missing the mark with this and it shouldn't have any influence on rankings. There is not much advantage to me hosting my site on the Amazon servers in Sydney, compared to those in the USA. The cost is significantly higher and well I just don't trust Australian internet.

    As for assigning the location in WM. It was a while ago that I did it, but I don't think you can assign it for a .com.au domain because it does it for you, then locks it. I assigned Australia to our .com domains but.
     
  15. georgehappy

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    That's good to know, Thanks mate
     
  16. seomark

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    Definitely makes a difference, I had a .com hosted on UK servers and it ranked very well in the UK, not so well in the USA.

    Also had a .co.uk ranked well in google uk, but not so well in google.com - I wanted it to rank in both so I switched to USA servers and it increased ranking over in google dot com as well.

    Obviously other factors come into play such as back-links but it definitely does matter.