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I live in the UK, and whenever I visit google.com I am redirected to google.co.uk, but I want to see my website's rankings on the US version (I presume the results are different). Is there a way to do this?

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Try http://www.google.com/ncr

This is only one of several ways to do this according to Google:

  • Click the Google.com link on any other domain.
  • Choose a Google domain manually by visiting the Language Tools page (the section with the flags).
  • Bookmark http://www.google.com/ncr. This is an alternative web address for Google.com that always takes you to Google.com without redirecting you.
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still the results might be re-ranked based on your country/region. Google uses domain as well as region for ranking. better prefer AdWords PreviewTool. –  ankitjaininfo Jul 25 '10 at 17:13
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Change your bookmarks, homepage etc to http://www.google.com/ncr This will ensure that it ignores the IP country detection. Ensure you delete all cookies etc first.

This should display everything in English.

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EDIT

What you can do is create a custom search within Chrome:

  • Go to "Options"
  • In the "Default Search" click "Manage"
  • Click "Add"
  • Enter the following details:
    • Name = GoogleCustomised
    • Keyword = google.com
    • URL = http://www.google.com/search?{google:RLZ}{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}&q=%s
  • Click OK
  • Then click GoogleCustomised and click "Make Default"

This should ensure that Google Chrome always uses www.google.com as the default search site. Which is in English.

Hope this helps

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I have added this answer as per the request from Senseful from my answer here –  Barry Oct 28 '10 at 16:23
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I use Google Adwords's AdPreviewTool. You can view results for any domain, any country.

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If you just want to permanently use google.com (or any other fixed URL) as the search engine, above two methods probably is not what you are looking for. /ncr and adding another search engine both breaks the default realtime search functionality. Try this,

  1. Close all the Chrome/chromium browsers,
  2. go to User Data folder

    • Windows: users\username\appdata\local\chromium\User Data (or similar - please edit if this is wrong)
    • Linux: ~/.config/chromium/Default
  3. open the file named LocalState (windows) or Preferences in vim/notepad, and change,

    • last_known_google_url and
    • last_prompted_google_url to whatever the baseURL you want. Ex. "https://www.google.com/"
  4. Save.

For more info look at this old bug report.

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Please note: "above two methods" really has no context here, since answers can be sorted in a number of ways. It's very possible that your answer is currently "above" the answers to which you are referring. –  Al E. Jan 31 at 13:17
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