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Is the Googlebot IP only from the USA?

     
9:00 am on Sep 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I have this problem:
[webmasterworld.com...]
and I decided to solve it by going on my cpanel account and deny all ips, that visited my website, from Russia and Ukraine. Now I have a doubt: Is there a chance I banned the Russian googlebot ip?
Or is googlebot ip only from USA?
Probably this is a stupid question and I became paranoid about any update on my website that could hurt Google.
12:45 pm on Sep 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member sgt_kickaxe is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member



The official Googlebot is based in California according to Google. The human raters however may be anywhere on the planet so blocking an entire country might cause a few of them to give your page a *did not load* rating. I imagine that if your site gathers enough of those it might impact your rankings, only Google knows for sure.
1:22 pm on Sep 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



Google's method for webmasters to verify googlebot as being authentic rests on a reverse and forward verification of the IP address.

All the IP addresses that verify in this way are Mountain View CA. See How to Verify Googlebot and Avoid Rogue Spiders [webmasterworld.com]
1:59 pm on Sep 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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You can either find the IP range of rough websites and deny access, or you can switch from a server based analyzer to page tagging–based analytics service (like Google Analytics etc.)
8:06 pm on Sep 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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"You can either find the IP range of rough websites and deny access"
(For some ip there is a range, for others there is a fixed ip)
Levo, isnt't that what I did?
8:19 pm on Sep 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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You're right. But make sure to find and block the IP address/block of the server/datacenter. AFAIK Google and/or raters don't use those IP addresses.
 

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