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Does the location of your webhost have an impact on your local search results?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by JPXeon, Feb 7, 2010.

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  1. JPXeon

    JPXeon Registered Member

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    I hope someone can shed some light on this. Does the location of where your website is hosted have an impact on that websites position in the local search results?

    For example, if my site is hosted on Hostgator in USA, but im trying to rank #1 on a local search term in the UK.

    Thank you.
     
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    Server location is a factor that is taken into consideration by google but if you specify in webmaster tools that you are targeting the UK then you should be fine.
     
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    JPXeon Registered Member

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    Thank you... i have that setup, but was just wondering.
     
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    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    If your domain is .uk, no problem.
     
  5. JPXeon

    JPXeon Registered Member

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    I've heard a couple of people (dont know how much they know) say that even if your domain name is of that country (for example .co.uk) and it is hosted in the US that google will give preference to sites locally hosted in the UK over those hosted in the US.

    But hey, again, hear say.
     
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    I've not seen any problems with a host in Canada and getting local search results in the US. Not sure about the UK >< US issue but I suspect it's similar...a non issue if you do everything else right.
     
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    ok, it makes sense ... but with the big G, you never know :D
     
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    If you change the location of your server to UK, you can see great improvements in traffic from Google. So, the location is an important factor.
     
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    deeznutzca Newbie

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    I don't have any issue having non-in-State hosters with getting in the local box. It almost sounds ludicrous that Google would make everyone use something in-State for U.S. listings, almost against FTC regulations here.

    Not sure about in-Country though. May make more sense.
     
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    The only factor I've found from own experience - apart from whether you use a relevant TLD like .de or .co.uk - is the IP address you log into your Webmaster account from. Sounds weird but I think it's just Google being clever about the real source for any particular site.
     
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    when you host on an unstable hosting, there is a higher chance of a spider bot arrive at your page when your website is offline. this may be a problem
     
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    Sometimes it depend on site that you put backlinks. When I want to rank for UK market, I will get backlinks from UK site.