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Switching Hosts Affect Rankings?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Italian Hawk, May 10, 2011.

  1. Italian Hawk

    Italian Hawk Power Member

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    Does switching a sites host affect its search engine rankings? I'm switching from one hosting company to another one completely and I don't want to have my rankings hurt by switching these.
     
  2. Godspeed

    Godspeed Regular Member

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    Switching hosts have no affect on rankings. How much downtime are we talking about between switch, if any?
     
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  3. Italian Hawk

    Italian Hawk Power Member

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    Well I have approximately 80 or so websites on my current host and I'd like to switch the 5 or 6 that are earning pretty decent levels of money per day to separate them from the others that are still growing.
     
  4. 5VM5UN6

    5VM5UN6 Registered Member

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    If downtine is involved and google's spider tries to reach your page at that time, than definately yes. Set up your sites at new hosting and when they are working there update the dns records, this way you won't happen to have downtime, because both hosts would be working during the transfer.

    Other notable point is the ip address, google takes into consideration geographical location of your site, so you're better staying in the same country as the previous host.
     
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  5. fnd80

    fnd80 Regular Member

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    as previously mentioned, as long as your new host is in the same country (assuming thats the country you want to target), then you'll be fine
     
  6. shapsp

    shapsp Power Member

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    yes. it has affect. i went from shared to dedicated. and my sites got faster and google indexed the pages faster and it is told by seomoz that server speed and downtime is also a factor. google obviously dont want to put a slow site which will crash on traffic for a popular search term.
     
  7. Italian Hawk

    Italian Hawk Power Member

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    Alright, well I hope to do it within the next few days so unless I hear otherwise I will go ahead as planned. Also, if there is more information I need to know about the process I'll be sure to read it before then too.
     
  8. thevil

    thevil Junior Member

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    Yep its going to effect. Everytime I change the Name servers, Google usually does a 'reevaluate' type of thing (which I'm guessing). But its usually for the worse. I will usually see 1 or 3 drops in placement in SERP. But after improving offpage seo, It will bounce back up.