Msg#: 27740 posted 2:37 pm on Jan 28, 2005 (gmt 0)
Hi, I would like to block whole user groups so that certain countries cannot get on my site. This should all be server based rather than placing java scripts on all my sites. Iīm still not sure what the best method would be though since Iīm scared of ruining all the Google rankings I had to work hard for. I guess there is browser language filtering, IP range block a.s.o. but what is the most Google friendly option? any help would be appreciated!
Msg#: 27740 posted 4:49 pm on Jan 30, 2005 (gmt 0)
"Why would you like to block an entire country or region? "
here are a few reasons: if only sell to US or Canada if all orders from a country are fraudulent if a bunch of script kiddies are trying to hack you and they're from a country that might give you a legitimate visitor a year.
Msg#: 27740 posted 5:15 pm on Jan 30, 2005 (gmt 0)
my only competition comes from another neighbouring country. He is not very web savvy ( proxies what are those ).. emails me every so often (smugly) to tell me that my website is broken ..email him back to say i dont really understand websites..
Situation suits me , as they are now bedind the curve in service offerings and dont really know my spin to sell against me.
Never had a problem with google. I do keep my ear to the ground to see if google starts to visit from hubs in other countries though.
Msg#: 27740 posted 7:12 pm on Jan 30, 2005 (gmt 0)
Actually thatīs my big concern irishaff. As far as I understand I can block letīs say German users by simply looking at the default language of the browser and redirect those visitors to a different place. now my questions would be:
1. Is there something like a .de Google bot that could be affected aswell? 2. and if so, would that have an effect on my Google.com rankings? 3. wouldnīt this technique of redirecting users from .de be seen as cloaking?
Msg#: 27740 posted 12:24 pm on Jan 31, 2005 (gmt 0)
I have to see it as the same geo targetting not cloaking. The line is ( hypothetically ) a little fudged. Somebody who works in the .de market may be able to tell you but as far as i know all crawling activities come from the US.
I dont use browser language but IP geo targetting to root out the unwanted visitors.