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Server Change and Serps, Crawl implications? Help?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by DebbieSprules, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. DebbieSprules

    DebbieSprules Senior Member

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    Hey...

    I am crapping myself. I cannot afford to run my dedicated server at $300 a month or £180 - It runs one of my main sites and a few others.

    We are 2 in google for our keywords and have a pr of 5. My server is in the UK.

    If I move servers to a cheaper dedicated one and relaunch the site... can you give me a list of things that I need to be aware of... this is what I know so far.

    1. You will come back eventually in the same place you were
    2. You may even come back stronger
    3. It may take time to re index your site
    4. If you host outside the UK, you will struggle to regain that position in Google if your traffic comes from the UK and so does your business. Never host outside the country you want to rank in to be on the safe side.

    Please help me make the best decision. Naturally if I end up spendin a fortune on re placing my self in the serps it will negate any savings I am making with the new server.
     
  2. DebbieSprules

    DebbieSprules Senior Member

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    Not even one reply... hmmm oh my I was really patient and everything :(
     
  3. kodkod

    kodkod Registered Member

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    Basicly you are only changing the IP address of the server no?
    I would suggest googling about preferred google IP address or something like that
     
  4. ipopbb

    ipopbb Power Member

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    Not that scary if you overlap the contracts... you could have the site running on both IPs while dns propagates... Google indexes URLs and punishes/rewards hostnames... neither of which is changing... So the real threat is the 24hours while DNS rolls over... As long as your outage is under 48 hours I wouldn't expect much fallout... I took a websites offline last year by unplugging the server and throwing it in the trash. It took almost 6 months for google to stop showing it in the SERPs... this kind of thing happens all the time... I recommend overlapping the contract by 1 billing cycle if you are worried... thats the best anyone could do.
     
  5. nomore

    nomore Newbie

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    I've moved my chunk of sites 3 times in 3 years, and never seen a decline in ranking or traffic. I didn't do anything special either, just changed the dns and uploaded the site files to my new server. Just make sure you move the whole site over successfully, and watch out for 404's. I did have one site that I didn't move the image gallery over on accident, and I didn't catch it for a week. Every image request was a 404, and in that week I went from 1k uniques daily to about 5. Took me about 3 months to naturally recover from that.