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I live in Australia however most of the time I'm looking for foreign content/results, mostly Norwegian as well as French and German. No matter how hard I try I cannot get any Norwegian results in my searches, French and German is easier to find but is still a pain, I want to be able to get my search results as though someone from within the foreign country would get them.

I have tried Google.com, Google.com.au and Google.no (Norway Google) I have cleared cookies, cleared history, changed my location in Google search settings, tried typing my search terms in Norwegian and English. I have spent weeks at this and I have attempted every combination possible and tried every other trick I could find and absolutely nothing is working!!

to understand how bad it is if I look for "news Norway" or "Norwegian news" I will only ever find Australian news sites talking about Norway instead of native Norwegian news. And If I type in "DVD stores Norway" I will get only Australian (and some American) sites and even the most popular Norwegian websites will not show up for 10 pages if I'm lucky, most often not at all. This happens regardless of the location I set and which Google domain and language I use.

I have talked to a Norwegian friend that when he does the same thing as me (typing English search terms into Google.no) he gets vastly different results for his searches

I have learned that Google uses the geographical location of your IP address to personalise your results, I have a feeling that this is what is affecting my results. I am at my wits end, why must google make this such a nightmare? mad.gifmad.gifmad.gifmad.gifmad.gif I just want to disable this or have it so I can set it to any other country at will so that I get search results as if I was searching from within the foreign country. Can anybody help me with this?


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Cannot get native norwegian content (Also others to a lesser extent) when in Australia, tried everything nothing works, I want to get search results as if I was searching from within the foreign country
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you could try adding add site:.no

This resticts sites to the norwigen extension (not perfect of course), so something like
site:.no olso local news


Otherwise run it through google first
oslo lokale nyheter


OR use google advance search
http://www.google.com/advanced_search

And swap it to the region you want wink.gif, using the advance search method you should be able to update your helper url (about:config in firefox), to point to your region search instead smile.gif
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Thank you for that Ulquiorra it's quite helpful, not perfect but it's a darn sight better than what I was getting before, using the site:.no did the trick. smile.gif However wont this leave out
Norwegian sites that use .org or .net?

it would be nice though if Google gave an option to completely disable the IP geolocating part though
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aye it would as i said it aint perfect biggrin.gif,

you can overide the region of page source by advanced search smile.gif, its just not allways right ^_^
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www.duckduckgo.com

Google is fine for some purposes, but they're filtering is of no use when you really need to find something besides what they think you want/is popular.
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Hi,
What you can do is set up a new "custom" search provider. The details of this depend on what browser youre using but an example for Chrome is here:

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95653?hl=en

Basically what youre doing is customizing the URL that gets used when you type something into the search box. Now in your case, you also want to specify location and maybe language. For google you can customize the search like this:

https://www.google.no/search?pws=0&gl={location}&lr={language}&q=%s

First of all this is going directly to google.no, not google.geolocatemeplease.com. The "%s" in the above query will be replaced by Chrome with whatever you types. In my examples below I searched for "restaurants"

Secondly, the gl parameter and lr parameter control "location" and "language" of results, just like in advanced settings. The key here is they will get used every time. Also the "pws" parameter means "dont personalize my results based on things like search history.

Now then, say you want Norge results. So set gl=no. And, if you only want the Norge language results, add "lr=lang_no" as well. The lr parameter is optional here. As an example, I searched for "restaurants" first without using "lr" and get this:



Then I search again, this time also adding "lr=lang_no" and get this:



So does that look like it does what you want?
post #7 of 13
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Hi,
What you can do is set up a new "custom" search provider. The details of this depend on what browser youre using but an example for Chrome is here:

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95653?hl=en

Basically what youre doing is customizing the URL that gets used when you type something into the search box. Now in your case, you also want to specify location and maybe language. For google you can customize the search like this:

https://www.google.no/search?pws=0&gl={location}&lr={language}&q=%s

First of all this is going directly to google.no, not google.geolocatemeplease.com. The "%s" in the above query will be replaced by Chrome with whatever you types. In my examples below I searched for "restaurants"

Secondly, the gl parameter and lr parameter control "location" and "language" of results, just like in advanced settings. The key here is they will get used every time. Also the "pws" parameter means "dont personalize my results based on things like search history.

Now then, say you want Norge results. So set gl=no. And, if you only want the Norge language results, add "lr=lang_no" as well. The lr parameter is optional here. As an example, I searched for "restaurants" first without using "lr" and get this: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)



Then I search again, this time also adding "lr=lang_no" and get this:


So does that look like it does what you want?

thank you heaps for your in depth reply Ximius, I greatly appreciate it, those results you are getting is exactly what I want to be able to get i did exactly as you said with the gl=no and the lr=lang_no however my results were varied

1) when I did it the first way without the lr option I got totally different results:


2) secondly with the lr I did get the same results (Yay! thank you) as you however i did notice I had less options that you in the search settings (circled red)


I would like to work out why I cannot get the first one to work like you? I would like to fix that too
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post #8 of 13
Glad it worked for you!

However sorry but I am not sure what I might be doing differently than you to get somewhat different results. I just tried the same queries in IE instead of Chrome and my results are consistent. So I do not believe that it has to do with my browser settings. I would be open to any ideas you or anyone else might have.
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Hmm, I guess that is due to IP localisation
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Hm maybe 2 workarounds for this. First what comes to mind is that chrome (barely could tell from all that tabs open) use geotracking.

Turn off geotracking:
-> Options -> Under The Hood -> Content Settings -> Location:


Maybe check if google is adressed in exceptions. Would be possible, can't check now since I'm mainly on aurora ff

Second way would be to use a proxyapplication. Here are some proxy entries for .no http://aliveproxy.com/proxy-list/proxies.aspx/Norway-no
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