Google redirect – one of the most pain-in-the-ass feature that I’ve ever encountered. This may worth a post as well. Used to bump to this issue long time ago, and due to fixing the WordPress (which I went to clear all the browsing history), the issue happen again.
‘Thanks’ to Google that ‘help’ the users to detect their location automatically and address them to the respective Google of the country. Best part, I’m connected to my broadband (Malaysia) and somehow whenever I open Google, it redirects me to Google Japan. Do I look like a Japanese now? Or this is a sign that I should pick up Japanese and leave this country? Hmm, you tell me then.
SOLUTIONS: Whenever you face this issue, what you can do is manually go to www.google.com/ncr. NCR is referring to No Country Redirect.
Hence, what you can do (if you’re like me, where you like your first page to be Google), you can set www.google.com/ncr as your home page in your preferred browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer).
By doing this, what will happen is that whenever you open up your browser and it will load up the Home Page which has been set to Google No Country Redirect. This will bring you to www.google.com and not Google of any specific country (which means, for my case, it redirects me to Google Japan, and the entire wording is in Japanese). Google redirect – I’m not really sure if this is a useful feature to begin with. I mean let the users decide on which site that they want to go. Perhaps instead of Google redirect, maybe there’s a button or anything that user can click, or set in their Google preferences (From Gmail let say) and that settings determine which Google site they should be brought up to.