When we use our computer outside the USA, the browser is automatically redirect to the local google page. This is not a problem when you are just surfing without any specific goal but often the google automatic redirecting is very annoying because also your search will be customized depending where you are and the language spoken in that country.
To easily avoid this problem you can instruct google to ignore your location just typing http://www.google.com/ncr and your searches will always start as a USA customer. In fact NCR stands for NON COUNTRY REDIRECTING and allows you to use the USA google.com.
On the contrary, if you are in USA and you want to customize your search focusing to a particular foreign country you have to just add a suffix to the google search results link.
In other words, if you are looking for operating banks in Ireland, you have to:
– search into google as usual, typing the word “bank”
– go to the end of your search url and add &gl= followed by the country code where you want to focus your research (de or in or ir or it or …) eg: &gl=ir