TheMadScientist - 11:18 pm on Feb 16, 2010 (gmt 0)
However,you will be anyway showing in Google, and if they want to copy your site they can do anyway by using a proxy from a country you do not block.
And they won't have the original source to compete with, so it'll be way easier for them to rank for the terms you are popular for, which IMO is added incentive to copy and scrape...
I am quite popular in India and Pakistan, and I don't want to be. I feel that showing my pages over there is costing me money, additional competition and lowered ranking.
1.) Can I ask how it's costing you money? (Bandwidth or something?)
2.) WRT additional competition, IMO if you don't want competition you're in the wrong industry... This is one of the most competitive environments I've ever competed in, because it's 'the wild wild west' where 'no blood, no foul' is the only rule, and it's rarely well enforced.
3.) How are your ranking lowered, or why do you perceive them as lowered?
The questions are real questions I have, because I really don't understand how serving a site in a country where it's popular could diminish it's rankings and IMO just about any ad clicks should cover hosting, so I really don't understand where you're coming from and would like to...
I don't use AdSense and have thought about blocking countries from accessing sites, but decided not to, so it's interesting to hear how you are drawing your conclusions on things. Is it purely bandwidth and AdSense or are there other factors you are looking at I'm missing?