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Moving the site to a different country - how will Google react?
pavlovapete




msg:3937949
 1:31 am on Jun 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

We have a website that has been hosted in county x for over 10 years.

The majority of our traffic comes from Google. I don't want to mess with this at all.

I need to find a new hosting provider.

Is moving the website offshore to a new country a good idea? I know I can set the country in GWT.

Have you moved your site to a host another country? Did your Google traffic suffer as a result?

Thanks

 

tedster




msg:3937983
 4:15 am on Jun 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

Are you talking about a domain with general TLD (.com, .net, .org) or a country-code TLD? And likewise, are you concerned about international traffic or mostly about traffic within a country?

pavlovapete




msg:3937990
 4:25 am on Jun 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks tedster

We have county specific TLD and the majority of our traffic is from the same country.

Looking forward to your advice.

Cheers

tedster




msg:3938009
 6:00 am on Jun 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

If you have a country-code TLD then your country targeting is automatically set - you cannot change it through WMT. I can't see how moving to out-of-country web hosting would hurt in your situation. The problems seem to come for people who have a .com and try to target a specific country but host in a different one.

If anyone has had a negative experience in a situation like this, please share.

hmk61




msg:3938156
 12:35 pm on Jun 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have a .ca targeting Canadians. I was hosted in the US and moved to a Canadian host in part because I wanted to test this and see if it had a positive impact on rankings. I did not see any change on Google.ca.

graeme_p




msg:3938322
 5:02 pm on Jun 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

I am about to launch a .co.uk with US hosting because of a lack of UK hosting for the platform (Django). I am happy enough about the SEO aspects of it that it has not been a concern at all.

I moved my (.co.uk) blog to US hosting with no effect, and I set up a .lk for someone else on the same US hosting which is ranking fine for its (admittedly VERY niche) search terms with no SEO effort at all.

However, I am wondering about whether it might make the site slightly less responsive. Given that there is a lot of transatlantic bandwidth, I think that the quality of the hosting probably makes more difference, but if anyone has experience that says otherwise, please tell us!

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