Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:05 am
Google made a major change in search engine search results sometime end of November or early December. For me as a searcher this is the biggest thing since Penguin. I will kick Google out for my own searches anytime soon if this remains, as they are not usable anymore...
This one is affecting my own searches, but I do not know if it is worldwide or limited. If it is, it might affect website searches in the long run.
Has anyone noted that you can not search Google versions of other countries anymore with similar results as before December?
Here Google now presents search results based on the geolocation mainly, ignoring which country you are searching in. I wonder if those living in the UK or Australia, etc. do get more American search results now, or if those previously used to searching French Google search engines in other countries do now get predominantly search results in their own country?
My geolocation is Taiwan. Until November I could search Google JP in Japanese and get predominantly Japanese (domestic) results, or Chinese (Taiwan, HK or China) results according to the specific place's Google version.
Now, if I search on Google JP in Japanese, I get predominantly Chinese search results from Taiwan, containing similar terms/characters I used to search on Google JP. This is not a glitch. I can consistently not get search results from Google JP anymore; I may have to resort to searching using a VPN or Tor to hide my IP.
If others experience the same, that could mean that our websites in future may provide local results first, even if a site is positioned at the top in international searches, thus reducing visitors.
Any changes in search results noted elsewhere?