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Will Changing Hosts Affect SEO?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by CED59, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. CED59

    CED59 Newbie

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    Hey guys I'm moving from Bluehost to HostGator... will that affect my SEO either temporally or permanently?

    I am assuming NO.. but I wanted to see some personal experiences to confirm or confirm otherwise.
     
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    kkvsam Senior Member

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    I'm also looking for answer for this.
     
  3. williamk

    williamk BANNED BANNED

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    I am looking for a answer to this question too. Hope someone answers it fast.
     
  4. bradsimon

    bradsimon Registered Member

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    I have moved one of my website from Godaddy to hostgator... without any negative affect in my rankings.. Until your website links remains same I don't think there will be any affect at all
     
  5. verilix

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    I've moved several websites to different hosts, and while I have never received a negative effect on my rankings, the amount of time it took to index posts increased. For example, before I moved, the posts would be crawled and indexed within 1 minute of posting (several year old website.) After moving however, the posts would take upwards of 24 hours. This was only temporary though, as after a little while the indexing rate returned to normal.

    Regards,
    ~ver.
     
  6. MarkWW

    MarkWW Regular Member UnGagged Attendee

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    No negative output from Ranking and SEO point of view was witnessed after moving my sites from a host to another.
     
  7. davbel

    davbel Newbie

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    Done it with 3 or 4 of my sites. Made no difference what so ever
     
  8. brkseven

    brkseven Regular Member

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    The biggest problem you may have, I believe, is any possible downtime. If you minimize that to a reasonable length of time, you should be fine. Just double check every section and page of your website to make sure there was no corruption of data during the migration.
    You should be fine!
     
  9. ugjunk

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    No, it doesn't affect anything. But like Verilix said, your indexation time (only for initial few weeks) for your post and new pages might take some more because you will be assigned with a new IP address.
     
  10. tropicalkid002

    tropicalkid002 Newbie

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    Nope, there will be downtime but my SEO has never changed - have previously moved a few sites that have even been de-indexed by google but they were restored later!
     
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    Yes, it can happen that Google and/or others will be spidering your site when it's down, which is why it's better to get a host that will do the transfer for you in the fastest time possible.

    Use Google Webmaster Tools for your site and it will show any detected broken links or 404 page not found errors (which will occur if the site is down while the spidering is going on). Good news, once your site is back up and running, respidering will fix any issues.

    Think of this as long term.
     
  12. Pilot

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    Google has gotten pretty responsible about this kind of thing--I wouldn't worry about it assuming that your new host hasn't been flagged for some kind of spam measure (SEO hosts, etc). Just make sure the change is made swiftly, as has been mentioned.
     
  13. maddy

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    Move the site files before changing the Nameservers for the domain and then change the nameservers so that you have no downtime even at the time of transfer.