Quick question if I can please....
I am in the UK so we generally default to google.co.uk. When I use the adwords keyword tool, I see 'local serches' - google.co.uk and 'global' - google.com (well I am presuming that is what they relate to). Is that right?
If I change .co.uk to google.com and search my keyword (or use a rank tool), I am seeing an index for google.com based on my location of the UK. This shows my keyword as #8. I know this is not right as if I was #8 in google.com as far as all the USA market or global search stats show, I would have many more visits per day than I currently do.
The person who has done some SEO for me (who is based in the USA) says my keyword is not #8, it is #26 which tallies to the fact I am not getting that many visitors as I would expect if I was #8. This suggests as a person in the UK, even when using google.com, i am not seeing the same rank results as people using google.com is the USA for example, I presume every country must have different index's.
To try and see a true reflection of google.com, I have found a free USA based proxy and that does give me the correct rank of #26 but is a bit hit and miss and very slow as it is a free proxy.
I guess hundreds of warrior members must have this issue as everyone is based around the globe. So for those people targetting the google.com search volume and based outside the USA, what are you doing to get accurate rank positions. I presume a paid proxy service? If so, can anyone suggest a good one. I don't want to pay out a lot as I have no real need for a proxy other than getting a true idea of rank.
I have also found this same issue with Market Samurai - The SEO competition i.e top 10 I see is different to what someone in the USA see's as this also shows my keyword at #8. This I am surprised by as I thought MS being cloud based would not be basing my top 10 SEO competition details on the UK index.