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Google slow to recognize change in hosting country

5:12 pm on Nov 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I am starting to wonder if google is way more slow that they want to tell us... It has been a year I have changed the country where my site is hosted and in the search results it still shows the country I use to be hosted in...

If changing the country it is hosted in takes as long as updating the results it is starting to worry me...
8:47 am on Nov 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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- Google has patents in which changes can manifest over a time period, some things are intentionally slow.
- Google is more interested in where you traffic is coming from than where the servers are in terms of serps.
- Have you changed your site location in GWT?
- Have you changed your adsense or adwords payment currency type to reflect your new country?
- Have you update your output headers and doctype to reflect the current country?

Websites can change owners between countries but that doesn't mean Google will want to drop rank in the old country and increase it in the new, traffic metrics will dictate when/how that happens.
9:25 am on Nov 21, 2012 (gmt 0)


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do you have a gTLD or a ccTLD?
you can only geotarget gTLDs in in GWT.

the signals google users for country location in order of strength are:
- ccTLD
- GWT geotargeting
- IP (server) location
- country locations of servers hosting sites linking to your site
- on-page content
7:11 pm on Nov 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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WebmasterWorld Senior Member lucy24 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

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Can't help but wonder: When you say hosted do you mean registered? The physical location of the server is pretty far down the list-- and it would never be explicitly visible in searches. Only indirectly, and then only maybe, depending on content.

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