1. Thank’s John. 🙂
    I think my bloggy is coming up on blogsearch. It’s just not coming up as ‘Australian’. So people only find me if a) they use generic google.com (not AU) and then b)manually type in ‘Australia’. See the difference?

    But I changed the URL to blogsearch.google.com.AU/ping so lets see if that fixes anything. *fingers crossed*

    I’ve also asked Alexa to register me as Australian even though I can’t create a file on the blogger host like they want me to. In the meantime, people find me through tags and links and blogrolls and I so who needs Google huh? 🙂

    PS Mr Allsop sir, when can I tell the great smelly unwashed about *whispers* Web Directions South?

  2. Google associates domains with a country for determining country specific search results.
    The country is determined by the country extension of the domain; and/or the hosting server location.

    Your may be Australian – but the domain (blogspot.com) is USA; and it is hosted in the USA at IP Therefore silkcharm.blogspot.com is classified as a US, not an Australian site.
    Cogentis Search Marketing
    See you at Web Directions South

  3. Bugger. I had a feeling someone was going to say that. Ah well, that’ll learn me for moving across to a free hosting site back then. 😛

    Thanks Chris. Maybe one day Google will look at the metatags for geolocation and update appropriately. I don’t see how people could “game” the location – if they want to fake being in Silicon Valley, they just use a Californian web host right? If I remember correctly, Google has a Californian search engine too…

  4. Hi Laurel,

    Simon Baker of Realestate.com.au blogs (and uses YouTube, Flickr and wikis).
    If you’ll forgive a shameless plug, I’ve just launched a podcast series of case studies at the ZEST Digital website and Simon’s the first interviewee. He’s very good on the topic of social media for companies.
    And of course there’s the Telstra portal for its corporate blogs.

  5. I was looking for examples for a discussion paper I’m putting together for “The Board”.

    Nothing. Apart from Telstra’s Now We Are Talking, of course, and that’s hardly a shinning example.

    Hopefully, by WDS, I’ll have a prime example or two for you. Assuming you are into baby nutrition, of course 🙂

  6. I’m going to collect all these corporate bloggers like tehy are collectible dolls and pop them all on a flaky wiki I have over at world.com.au – feel free to add a page Pommie (or anyone) if you find more Corporate bloggers lurking around the place. I’ll even buy you a beer at WebDirections or WebJam or Weblogger Meetup or somewhere. Except that nasteh spammer who keeps trying to post up crap about ringtones. He gets NUFFIN’. Or email me or post here any others you find.

    And what’s “The Board”? Sounds very Opus Dei. Quite scary – you aren’t some secret progeny of the Priory de Sion are you? 🙂

  7. Hi Laurel,

    You can try two ways to achieve local australian indexing:

    1) Although your blog is with blogger.com, you can have the blog hosted on your own domain with the extension .au, and all existing traffic will be diverted back to your site with the .au extension. This will localise your site.

    2) The other way is that you need more SEO work on your site. You need to increase your keyword density for australian terms on your posts in this blog, and even perhaps have aussie terms within your metatags and keyword description. I have taken a look at your description and only 2 keywords refer to Australia, namely Sydney and Australia, among the other keywords. Also you have specifically mentioned Global as well in your metatags.

    From the aspect of search engine optimisation, it would be good for you to have australian keywords at the beginning of your articles frequently, and also ending your articles with australian keywords that you wish to optimise for. By constantly doing so, the spider bots that come avisiting your blog will recognise that it is a site emphasising on australian subject matters and can index you within the Australian index. At the same time, you can also put up your Google sitemap within Google Australia, so that there is relevant indexing in Google Australia. Sometimes it takes more than just letting the search engine spider bots to visit – contrary to popular opinion, it may be neccessary for you to submit your site for indexing with Google Australia, rather than letting the spider bot to come and do its work.

    Just some suggestions for you to think about. Hope you have better chances of being indexed locally.

  8. I have the same issue. I well indexed on Google, but my references in Australia are secondary references from indexes such as Australian Blogs and the Adelaide Index. Onward in the quest to promote Aussie Blogs. Down with the US Centric Internet.

  9. Hey Colin, I registered as Australian at Alexa as well. Go to Alexa.com, put your url in, click on Overview, see the empty contacts details? Click edit details.

    Unfortunately they either want a verified email from silkcharm.blogger.com or they want a file at silkcharm.blogger.com/alexa unfortunately the most we can do on blogspot blogs is put up HTML widgetty things. Hopefully they will change this soon. I emailed them anyway, we’ll see. 🙂

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