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Does Host Location Have Affect On Seo?


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#1 ClickClick

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 06:28 AM

Hi

 

I have a site that is listed extremely well in Google in the UK, but also Globally because of the long-term SEO that has taken place. The site is for a business in London but we have always treated it as an information site for SEO purposes and the site now holds almost 3,000 pages. The content is written to drive readers towards using our services and visiting our shops in London.

 

Our host is based in the UK but for various reasons we may wish to host the site overseas. Will this have an affect on our SEO i.e. the site's listings on UK search engines - Google.co.uk etc.?

 

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 06:50 AM

Is it a co.uk site? Have you specified it as being UK-targeted in Webmaster tools. Do most of its links come from other UK sites?

 

If the answers to all three of these is "Yes", then moving its hosting abroad is unlikely to have any impact.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:03 PM

Is it a co.uk site? Have you specified it as being UK-targeted in Webmaster tools. Do most of its links come from other UK sites?

 

If the answers to all three of these is "Yes", then moving its hosting abroad is unlikely to have any impact.

 

No, not .co.uk. I'm not sure if UK is specified. Where is this found in webmaster tools? Not all of the links but many of the do.

 

So do you think the host location has no effect at all? The site has been running for 10 + years but always from a UK host.



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 01:40 PM

You need to stop thinking that Google is EVERYTHING.

 

Does building cars in a factory in  Spain mean they cannot be marketed or fewer sold to the UK, Italy, Canada, USA etc. etc. ?

 

Google is NOT in control of YOUR business decisions, deciding on hosting in Maidenhead or Mombai, Leeds or Louisiana SHOULD NOT be a decision based on "What will Google think". It IS a BUSINESS choice. It might make a small 'ranking' difference if the rest of your marketing is complete crap AND while you are wittering about the minutiae of such things you are probably missing things that have a MUCH bigger impact.

 

Host where you want, promote your URLs to your target audience and let Google do what they want to do. You might even find that your efforts when ignoring Google, actually IMPROVES your google referrals after a while.


Edited by chrishirst, 18 October 2013 - 01:41 PM.





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