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Moving web hosting to a different country. Will this affect rankings?

     
1:15 pm on Sep 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I have a .com tld website that has been hosted in USA for over 8 years and the main audience are the USA surfers.

The majority of the traffic comes from google. I don't want to disturb the ranking at all.

I need to find a new hosting provider in either Canada or UK or UAE.

Is moving the website to a new country a good idea? I know I can set the country in google webmaster tools.

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

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2:16 pm on Sept 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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

Traffic will change as leading search results do depend on geo-location (subject to the content you expose).

If your main audience remains in US then why change, just use a host there.
2:50 pm on Sept 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I would not recommend moving the hosting out of the US if the majority of your traffic is from Google US.