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6:46 pm on Jun 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have a .com website hosted in the USA. It ranks well when searching google.co.uk "the web" on many keywords.It is not listed on the UK pages. But traffic is almost nil. In the USA it ranks on the 3nd and 4th page on google.com.
My question is.

If i host my website in the UK would the ranking "the web" translate to the same ranking on UK pages. im competeing with the same websites on both sides.

I already have my domain.co.uk. but too new to be able to rank. Would like to hear opinion if its adviceable to change hosting to the UK.

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Personally if my market is mainly UK based I would host the .com in the UK.

Also if you're pricing in UKP, I would host in the UK as you will turn off international buyers with the pounds.

10:46 pm on June 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thank you for your reply. I am based in the UK but felt the USA is a much bigger market, but then realized that its much harder to rank there. In my PPC advertizing in the USA the ROI is much better and volume higher, but shipping is a nightmare and too expensive.
In the UK it seems it's much easier to rank but ROI is lower, but profits are higher. I'm willing to move the website to the UK if i feel it will have the same success as it has on "the web" mywebsite.com is in USD but i can change that to . need more advice please its a critical decision for me.
10:23 pm on June 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Having a dot com hosted in the UK will certainly help it to get listed in UK search, but there's no sure way to predict where that listing will be.

If you compare the current 'uk search' with the current 'web search', see where competitor sites already hosted in the uk fall, and that will give you a clue. But you won't know for sure until it happens.

Whether it's a good idea depends on your site, your niche, and your target audience - plus your opinion on what proportion of the UK market uses 'uk search' rather than 'web search' - depending on niche, but for most cases, probably not many.

I have a bunch of dot coms on US servers, and I'm happy with the US/UK balance; on sites I want to direct to the UK, I use .co.uk, and keep the (cheaper and more reliable) US hosting.

Your mileage may vary; there's plenty of variables to consider!

[edited by: encyclo at 12:58 am (utc) on June 25, 2007]
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