Geographical location of webserver, is it important?

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  1. loginname

    loginname Regular Member

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    Hey

    I wonder if geographical location of the webserver is important or can Google Webmaster Tool and some meta tags be used instead?

    In Google Webmaster Tool I can specify what country the site is for and also put these meta tags on all pages on the site:
    <meta name="country" content="United States" />
    <meta name="geo.country" content="US" />

    I ask because I live in Norway and have created a niche site (.org) with English content.

    any suggestions?
     
  2. justone

    justone Elite Member

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    It makes a difference from my experience.

    In my cases the local search engine results were better than US results.
     
  3. nerdmoney

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    yes it makes a difference, google is wanting to be more localized - they have said so many times in various reports. also, the extension is important. for instance, a .us will have a much higher priority in the us than in other countries
     
  4. loginname

    loginname Regular Member

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    Okay, I see next time I create a niche site I will be more selectful when choosing which country to have the webserver in.

    Hope for my current niche site, using
    <meta name="country" content="United States" />
    <meta name="geo.country" content="US" />
    can offer some kind of help for my ranking...