Msg#: 3937947 posted 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.
Msg#: 3937947 posted 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.
Msg#: 3937947 posted 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!