Msg#: 27830 posted 10:41 am on Feb 5, 2005 (gmt 0)
The only time I've come across a site from Google that blocked me for not being an American, I immediately sent a complaint to Google. Returning sites in their index that I can't access is a waste of my time and I will report such sites to Google.
Msg#: 27830 posted 11:00 am on Feb 5, 2005 (gmt 0)
Blocking international IPs sounds too sounds like a really stupid idea. Even though you're product/info is intended for north americans only, there is a world of potential customers out there. Not to mention webmasters who might link to you if they like your site/products/info whatever.
The official GW Bush campaign site did it, and I could never really understand why. If anythng, I would consider the option of displaying different content based on IP. In a way we already do this at some international sites. US visitors see US affiliate ads, Europeans see pan-European affiliate ads or country specific content all others see CPM ads or ads that are valid world wide.
Our content on these sites is in English. And even though I have very few ads valid for Asian visitors, I wouldn't lock them out. I have quite a few good links from Thai and Japanese sites. Wouldn't want to loose those.
I would get on the PPC companies *ss about that. One company I got on their case so bad and threatened them that they sent me an entire log file of IP addresses, dates, times, keywords etc for my PPC account and I proved that I was paying for fraudulent traffic. They canceled my account the next day without my permission and returned the unused money I had with them.