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SEO & Server Location

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by gzagenius, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. gzagenius

    gzagenius Newbie

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    I've asked around on a few forums and got the same answer i figured everyone here would have a better understanding.

    Basically i've had a US shared server for 7 years now and Google ranking for my sites have dropped quite a bit (havent used any blackhat)
    Most of my client websites are in the UK. Can any knowledgeable users confirm weather Google does take into account the server location when it indexes websites
    Or are my SEO techniques not that good?
     
  2. Biznik

    Biznik Regular Member

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    As long as the website loads fast (10 seconds maximum imo), it should be alright. Google probably doesn't discriminate between countries.
     
  3. lucardk

    lucardk Registered Member

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    I have all my servers in the U.S. and my Spanish sites rank really well in South America and Spain.

    I don't have a personal experience in the UK, but I have read in other forums that server location might help a bit in some countries.

    I don't think it will make a huge difference, I would worry more about the country TLD when it comes to Europe.
     
  4. gzagenius

    gzagenius Newbie

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    It just seems odd that alot of my competitors who dont even have strong seo or any backlinks are beating my websites for the 1st keywords, locally.
    Even my site has dropped the 1st, 2nd, 3rd for easy keywords. The only way to find it is with "site:"

    Is it possible google have blacklisted on my sites because of spam? a few years back i added my site to hoards of directories a few were quite spammy.

    If i got my host to change my IP, how much of a difference would that make?
     
  5. lucardk

    lucardk Registered Member

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    What do you mean?

    If you are site lost rankings and you can only find through "site:" than it has nothing to do with you server location


    Tons of low quality directories will harm your rankings, use the disavow tool and see what happens. You might have been hit by an "algo" penalty

    If you are penalized changing the IP won't help you.

    Check your webmaster tools account for any messages, if there is nothing in there clean your backlinks profile with the disavow tool. It seems your problem is not your server location.
     
  6. Techxan

    Techxan Elite Member

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    If your competitors are using the local algorithm, and you are doing IM SEO, this can happen. This is in fact the purpose of the local algo, to level the playing field for local businesses against the global community.

    It is entirely possible that you are under penalty if you have been building links to a local site.

     
  7. MadStacks

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    Depends on what you are trying to do but in general for local SEO server location does make a significant difference.