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Posted 01 June 2004 - 03:52 PM
Q1: Will moving the existing servers to the UK potentially decrease the current good rankings these web sites hold because the IP address will no longer be in the U.S.?
We're also launching a new business within the next two months that ONLY targets the U.S. market. I'm responsible for SEM and SEO for the new U.S. business. The contact information for all existing sites and the new site have U.S. contact information (physical address and U.S. phone number).
Q2: If the new domain is hosted in the U.K. will it effect the potentital for natural high rankings if Google and other major engines detect that the site is hosted in the U.K.?
I greatly appreciate any experienced opinions.
Posted 01 June 2004 - 05:31 PM
Now - I am just going to throw something in here as I am by no means experienced in this area. But, I think I am right in saying, it is not where the domain is hosted that counts, but rather where the IP address of the domain name is registered.
So, if you had a domain name that was a .com and had an IP address registered as a US IP address, then you would have problems getting it to show up in a UK search.
Also, moving the web server is not the same as moving the IP address which relates to the domain name which I am assuming, will stay the same.
Hopefully someone else will come along sometime soon and put me straight if I am wrong!
Posted 01 June 2004 - 06:13 PM
Posted 01 June 2004 - 08:25 PM
Am I to assume that the good rankings you mention are currently in Google.com for worldwide results?
If so your move may in fact be advantageous for you. Right now you're likely not showing up well for co.uk searches if you have .com domain names that are hosted in the US. My understanding is that you should get a bump in the .co.uk searches once things are moved and have a chance to settle in.
But you will also maintain your Google.com rankings for the most part.
The only additional suggestion I have for the move is to make sure you keep the sites up on the old server for a month after the move has taken place just to be safe. That'll give all of the search engines time to flush out their DNS cache and find it on the new server.
You may not have to wait a month, it's just a ballpark figure. You'll be able to tell when everything has been switched by viewing your log files on the old servers.
Posted 02 June 2004 - 09:02 AM
Q1: If the IP address for the new U.S. .com site is a UK IP address, am I to understand that this will have a negative effect on rankings in .com popular engines?
Q2: My secondary concern is whether the other two long existing .com sites that still sell in the U.S. market (indicating a U.S. physical address and customer service phone number) will lose their current organic high rankings in Google.com, Yahoo.com, MSN.com and others if the IP address changes to a UK IP address?
I have confirmed that the IP addresses will change to the UK if they move the servers.
Due to the conflicting responses, please forgive me if I'm asking the same questions again. I want to make sure I've been perfectly clear in my questions. I need to justify the cost of maintaining the servers and paying for bandwidth in the U.S. At the same time, the company does not want to risk any negative effect on organic high rankings. The risk must outweigh cost to justify it.
Posted 02 June 2004 - 12:32 PM
Most of the questions we get in this area regard how to get .com or .co.uk sites that are hosted on US IP's to show up for regional UK searches. Here, we're basically flipping that scenerio around 180 degrees. Which is something I've certainly never tested.
My gut instinct tells me that the .com's will still rank okay in Google.com simply because it's not considered a "regional" TLD. You see lots of sites that are hosted outside the US show up in the .com version of Google etal. But I don't have any evidence to back that up.
Perhaps this would be a good question to send in to Google Support to get a clarification?
Posted 05 June 2004 - 04:02 AM
the different "geo-googles" are sorted by ip, not domains
co uk's show up in a .com search, but I am not sure how it works in the us. I am moving a load of sites over from an American IPblock to a UK IP block this weekend, I will se how my uk based .com gets on and report back. Currently it is showing in the US, but not in the UK.
Posted 07 June 2004 - 09:08 AM
Posted 07 June 2004 - 04:30 PM
I think you've pretty much answered the question for yourself in that last post of yours.
As I understand it, the IP address of the server only seems to make a difference to whether your site will appear in a regional version of Google - eg. a .co.uk tld hosted at a UK IP will appear in the 'UK pages only' search on G, but a .com hosted on a US IP will not.
However, it seems that the reverse is not true, because a .co.uk tld hosted on a UK IP can and does rank well in the global Google index.
But that is just my observation - YMMV!
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