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Block International IPs. GoogleBot dislike it?

Block International IPs. GoogleBot dislike it?



8:52 pm on Feb 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I am planning on bloacking all non-US and non-Canadian traffic to my sites. This is to reduce click fraud on my websites.

Are there googlebots out there I will be blocking? Any other google considerations before I block the IPS? Thanks.

IPs to be blocked:



4:41 am on Feb 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A bit of a brute force approach isn't it? An internet "Fortress America"...

There has to be a list of G IP#'s somewhere, (not sure where just off-hand). You can at least look at your logs and get it from there. Maybe one of the great minds at WW will pitch in with something.


9:37 am on Feb 5, 2005 (gmt 0)


10:41 am on Feb 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The only time I've come across a site from Google that blocked me for not being an American, I immediately sent a complaint to Google. Returning sites in their index that I can't access is a waste of my time and I will report such sites to Google.


11:00 am on Feb 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Blocking international IPs sounds too sounds like a really stupid idea. Even though you're product/info is intended for north americans only, there is a world of potential customers out there. Not to mention webmasters who might link to you if they like your site/products/info whatever.

The official GW Bush campaign site did it, and I could never really understand why. If anythng, I would consider the option of displaying different content based on IP. In a way we already do this at some international sites. US visitors see US affiliate ads, Europeans see pan-European affiliate ads or country specific content all others see CPM ads or ads that are valid world wide.

Our content on these sites is in English. And even though I have very few ads valid for Asian visitors, I wouldn't lock them out. I have quite a few good links from Thai and Japanese sites. Wouldn't want to loose those.


2:41 pm on Feb 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the feedback. Let me give you a little more info on why I am doing this.

I pay $1500+ a day to 2nd tier PPC engines. I have been getting more and more bad traffic (Not surprising). Atleast $300 a day is fradulent and coming from foreign countries.

I got atleast one of these PPC companies to agree and credit me back all the foreign traffic they send me.

My test ran yesterday and 22% of all PPC traffic was foreign. The IP were blocked in Windows Server 2003 using IIS settings.

I think this may work.


6:15 pm on Feb 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I would get on the PPC companies *ss about that. One company I got on their case so bad and threatened them that they sent me an entire log file of IP addresses, dates, times, keywords etc for my PPC account and I proved that I was paying for fraudulent traffic. They canceled my account the next day without my permission and returned the unused money I had with them.

There is more fraud going on than you know.


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