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Question/Problem re: Google position .com vs. .ca etc

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Dadelius, May 8, 2010.

  1. Dadelius

    Dadelius Regular Member

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    Hey guys, need some input on this problem I gave myself.

    I was ranking on page 2 for a very competitive keyword for my domain which is a .com (I'm located in Canada, not that it matters) and I was consitently on page 2 or 3 in both searches google dot com and google dot ca

    Then I thought... hmmm I wonder if I select target US (in webmaster tools there is the option) and I figured hmmm more people in US I wonder if it will boost my dot com ranking. Well, It didn't boost it, but after a few days I dropped down to low page 3 results and had to work my ass off to push it back to page two (took me 2 weeks to get back to page 2)

    Problem is I am nowhere to be found on the .ca results, anymore, I mean nowhere.

    I switched it back to having no preference in my webmaster tools about 2 weeks ago, and my rankings have been climbing steadily for google dot com, but I still am not anywhere in the google dot ca results.

    Any ideas?

    I'd like to rank highly on as many google networks as possible.

    Should have left well enough alone, I know.

    Thanks for your help guys.
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2010
  2. iitob

    iitob Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    How long were you ranking at #2 in Google for, and how old was your site at the time? Could be that webmaster tools isnt the culprit but just the natural yoyoing of results.
     
  3. netfish

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    That's weird. It's possible that your robot.txt is misconfigured

    Use Google Webmaster Tools to see about errors:

    Code:
    http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2008/10/webmaster-tools-shows-crawl-error.html