There are a number of countries that access my site and not only never purchase anything, they **constantly** try to perpetrate credit card fraud and other dangerous dirty tricks. They constitute nothing but risk for me, with no upside whatsoever. So, naturally, I'd like to block IP addresses of those countries and recently found an easy way to do it.
The question is, will Google penalize me for doing this? The reason I ask is, if someone in out of the blocked countries does a Google search and clicks on the link to my site, they'll get a dead link. This reflects badly on Google, does it not? So, Google would penalize me for protecting myself against fraud, right?
[edited by: tedster at 3:40 am (utc) on Dec. 30, 2007]
I've blocked whole servers full of sites from bad countries for years (including everything from Apnic, Lacnic and Afrinic plus most USA ISPs and educational establishments) and I've never noticed a problem. The majority of intrusions are from bots anyhow, rather than real live people clicking on a search engine link. Frankly I believe that the more people do this the better, it might persuade certain countries to clean their acts up a bit.