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Cloudflare has an impact on SEO?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by hakcz, May 25, 2019.

  1. hakcz

    hakcz Junior Member

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    Ever since I switched my dns to cloudflare my seo went down. From page 1 on serp(not in cloudflare) to no result in serp(in cloudflare). So I tried searching about it in google and many people says it also cloudflare affected their seo and removed it. I also switch back my dns and ip and resubmit my sitemap to google. Just waiting for the result. I want some insight about this issue though. Is it because of the dynamic ip of cloudflare?
     
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  2. BaeGoody

    BaeGoody BANNED BANNED

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    I noticed this too. All my paot where see-indexed after using cloudflare dns. It's been almost one week now I submitted sitemap
     
  3. arvinzx20

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    I think it won't rank down just because you use the cloudflare there are many websites including mine is in the top 10 rankings. Sometimes there are ups and down in rankings but I think it is depends in your competitors and your SEO strategy.
     
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    doncanolli Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Did you try to find out what other websites are hosted on your Cloudflare IP? It could be that you are in a bad neighbourhood.
     
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  5. KeplerO

    KeplerO Newbie

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    Interesting... I use CloudFlare pro for a few months now, and I have dozens of top 1-5 keywords rankings, but also many unranked keywords. I might as well go for some case study route - disable CloudFlare for about 1 week.
     
  6. KeplerO

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    About 6 days after I have disabled CloudFlare and surprisingly I have seen some big changes.
    There was a major change in Organic traffic after 3 days - about 30~50% more, and going up since then. When I checked my SERPs tool I saw a HUGE increase in Top 1-3 keyword rankings (about 200% more).
    I wasn't doing any backlinks in the past month, neither site speed optimization or changing the SEO whatsoever. In other words, only CloudFlare was changed. Although I had the best week since opening the site, I still not sure if CloudFlare is the issue.... might want to do another week before the final verdict. If the organic search traffic will go above the site's peak I will just refund my Cloudflare account and say goodbye yo the old dark days.
     
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    It does have an impact on seo, usually a positive one.
     
  9. hakcz

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    Update:
    Invested $2.5 for SSL from host and after 6 days with no cloudflare my seo ranking is getting back. All keywords is now is serp, pages 1-3.
     
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    kevinthestan Registered Member

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    Thats odd. my SEO is great and i use cloudflare free
     
  11. berkay1907

    berkay1907 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Honestly i would say NO to this couple of months ago but you might be right. I started to think it has a negative effect on SEO. I really can't tell why it should be much better because your site is faster and almost all big brands are using it. Weird.
     
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  13. KeplerO

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    Top 1 Keywords count since disabling Cloudflare:
    25/05 - 43
    28/05 - 62
    30/05 - 118
    31/05 - 130

    Hmm..
     
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    Google Loves Cloudflare cause of speed and their fastest dns resolver, Google Rank based On quality content,seo, backlinks, user friendly url, latest and updated codes or cms, and site loading speed, cloudflare will improved your website loading speed 50X then normal hosting.

    cloudflare never hurts your ranking ever.
     
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    In my country many people use cloudflare for PBN because you get different IP and so not need to buy more IP's you can setup one vps and host them all there.
     
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    Are u serious?? If this is true than cloudflare has a devistating effect. Did you do any link building in the last 30-45 days?
     
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    My concern of this kind in the past was the fact that by using Cloudflare you share IP with sites of any kind and health. Don't know if it lowers rankings. I will continue using CF.
     
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    I disable cloudflare for my website. For some reasons, after I moved to hosting on a vps, cloudflare made my site a lot slower.
     
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    Those that have disabled cloudflare, are you ranking higher in the Google US or another country?
    There has been discussion that since cloudflare main servers are in the US, Google thinks your site is from the US so if you are ranking in Google US rather than the geo that you actually want to rank for.
     
  20. elladani

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    Hi OP,
    Since your threads a did a TONS a research and i find some really awesome informations :

    Here is the long story short :
    - Cloudflare USUALLY don't drop your ranking HOWEVER
    - Cloudflare can drop your ranking really really hard if it's paired with a really poor domain on the same IP and same SSL certificate (there is usually 10 - 15 domain / IP)
    - If this happend to you, there is only two thing you can do
    1 - Remove Cloudflare, if it's cloudflare you will recover fast)
    2 - Buy "Business plan" then upload a custom SSL certificate, it will put you on a dedicated IP Address (according to Cloudflare -> "To reduce the number of Cloudflare IPs that your domain shares with other Cloudflare customer domains, upgrade to a Business or Enterprise plan and upload a Custom SSL certificate.")

    Here is some case study of cloudflare BAD impact on SEO
    - https://serverguy.com/case-study/cloudflare-seo/
    - https://salt.agency/blog/seo-rankings-cloudflare/
    - https://www.reddit.com/r/bigseo/comments/3htcot/cloudflare_rankings_destroyed_in_36_hours/

    I hope it can help you buddy !
     
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