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Hosting not in the US- is that a problem?

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by betsmart, Oct 26, 2005.

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    I remember reading somewhere that the host location is important or is a factor in google's SERP or PR. Is that true? i'm thinking of moving my site to an host in the UK, for various reasons, but i don't want it to affect my site in anyway.

    What do you say?
    SEMrush
     
    betsmart, Oct 26, 2005 IP
    SEMrush
  2. draculus

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    If you host in the UK you will have an IP address that the search engines will recognise as a UK address. With geo targetting that makes a difference.

    However I have Irish clients hosted in the US and the UK and they all rank higher on google.ie than they do on google.co.uk and google.com. So I don't think the difference is that much.

    The language set in your meta tags is far more influential. Saying that the language is en-ie rather than en-us my clients drop in google.com and rise in google.ie and vis-versa.

    Also changing spellings from US English to British English can have a marked effect.

    I think the search engines are bright enough to recognise that the physical location of the host is not a reliable indicator for geo targetting.
     
    draculus, Oct 26, 2005 IP
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    Thanks for the answer.
    i think i will move them...
     
    betsmart, Oct 26, 2005 IP