[Solved] How to search Google USA from outside the USA

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Hi fellow Warriors I just found out the coolest little secrets.

I have been wanting to search for my website, and adwords Ads and see how they perform in the USA, but it always defaults to my countries Google. I am trying to see my ad Placement, and competition in the biggest countries as far as search volume USA and UK. I finally found out how to do it.

HERE IS HOW : in your browser type the google address you want and at the end just type /ncr I can't believe it's that simple.

eg. www.google.com/ncr (for the USA)
www.google.co.uk/ncr (for the UK)

It works for any country so if you are trying different languages or countries.

If this is very simple to some of you I apologize I have been looking for this for a few days so I am ecstatic. Yippee
#google #mattter #search #usa #world
  • Profile picture of the author jadesource
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  • Profile picture of the author Elmar
    NCR = No Country Restriction ?

    Never seen this before. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Neat trick. I also did a search and looked for "&hl=en" in the address bar. I then added "&gl=us" to the left of it and researched. That was how I got to see local adwords results.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Davis
    @Cathy Shelver: Nice find.

    I've used this before myself.


    In my case, I prefer to search via "google.com" than my local country by default.
    It would be too much work to use that "hack" every time.

    So, I changed my Browser's Search Engine settings.


    Originally, it was something like this:
    Google | {google:baseURL}search?{google:RLZ}{google:accepte dSuggestion}{googleriginalQueryForSuggestion}{go ogle:searchFieldtrialParameter}{google:instantFiel dTrialGroupParameter}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEnco ding}&q=%s

    So I made my own custom Search Options like this:
    Now I search from Google.com by Default always, and not my Local Google Search.
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    • Profile picture of the author websitedesigner
      Thanks for the tip here, very useful! Now I can see how badly my site ranks in the states ha.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    Any idea why it would not work? Doesn't for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brandon Tanner
      Originally Posted by Mark Singletary View Post

      Any idea why it would not work? Doesn't for me.
      Don't know, but an alternative is to use a proxy website like this one. Under 'Advanced Options', select a server in the US. Then do a search for "google.com".
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  • Profile picture of the author CodeBotics
    That's pretty neat, but I thought you could just go to Google and click on "Go to Google.com".

    I just moved my mouse over that link, and the URL is Google.com/ncr - looks like it's the same thing!
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    • Profile picture of the author steven Clayden
      Originally Posted by CodeBotics View Post

      That's pretty neat, but I thought you could just go to Google and click on "Go to Google.com".

      I just moved my mouse over that link, and the URL is Google.com/ncr - looks like it's the same thing!
      Yep, thats what i do.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    Got it working. Thanks. It apparently doesn't work if you are logged into a Google account such as Gmail. It only works, for me, on the first search. Then I have to start from scratch with the ncr thing again.
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  • Profile picture of the author eman1
    Neat tip, thanks for sharing. I have not seen this before.

    I usually search via google rather than my local country.

    Thanks for sharing this tip.
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  • Profile picture of the author SeoKnightsInc
    One More trick is to add

    gl=us

    at the end of the url after searching the query.
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  • Its a nice trick.Thanks buddy.
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