|UK domain on non-UK IP, suffering on traffic|
Move to a UK IP?
We have a UK site (.co.uk domain), hosted on a US server / IP address.
Last November, it reached traffic levels of about 17,000 daily uniques, mainly via Google. After a few short weeks at this level, the Google traffic started plummeting until it went all the way down to under 1000 a day.
Since then, it has been floating up and then down again, in repetitive cycles, but never rising above 4000 a day. For a few days, it runs at 3 or 4 thousand, then starts slowly declining down to about 1000 a day, then starts rising again and so it goes. We've checked and checked again but could not find any possible cause to account for this.
As has been mentioned in several thereads here, people have observed some problems with Google UK in terms of IP / geo-location.
I'd like to know if moving our site to a UK host, with UK IP address could help remedy the situation. Can any one throw some light on this please?
With a .co.uk you should have no problems wherever you host. There was talk about Google recently having corrupt data for their 'ip location look up' but this should not be an issue for you, as you have a .co.uk domain. We have the same and are hosted in US with no problems.
Changing hosting to a UK server would stop you having any further doubt, but my gut feeling is that you have a different problem. At first glance, your symptoms sound like the 950+ penalty, where site pages bounce from being top to bottom, sometimes in 3 or 4 day cycles, for some popular search phrases. There is a thread about this, so see if this fits your observations.
I second MHes, I have a few servers, one in the states (its cheap) I run all my .co.uk's there with no problems and my .com's here in the UK (it's expensive, but prices are getting better) moving your .co.uk to the UK won't help, refer to the 950+ thread, that was my first opinion too.
Many thanks for the input, MHes and wheelie34.
With both of you saying 'it ain't hosting/IP', I guess we'll stop thinking in that direction.
Thanks also for the 950 penalty tip - we'll study the thread/s in question and see if it applies to our case.