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Can your host being down affect you in Google?

     
3:13 am on May 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I've never had an issue with my host but it's been down at least once a month lately. Now its the second time today and they claim its major attack on the entire network..

I don't want to mention any company names but its a major hosting company and I have several smaller sites there that all have been slowly loosing google love lately.

On the other hand, bigger sites on a dedicated server, that never goes down (knock on wood) seem to to be rising up to the top at the same rate.

Does anybody see something similar?

Is shared hosting = bad these days?
3:37 am on May 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Can your host being down affect you in Google?
yup- I've definitely seen it. In general, Google's love should come back to normal within a few days.

Is shared hosting = bad these days?
These days? If you've had bad neighbors, it's always been a potential issue.
4:40 am on May 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Is shared hosting = bad these days?

Hard to answer that without getting circular. Small site almost always = shared hosting; not all that many people run their own wee little servers out of their garages. And then you'd have to postulate that the most significant difference between a big site and a little site is the server setup.
3:11 pm on May 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Thank you both for your replies.
3:43 pm on May 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Yes. But with everything, the level that you are impacted will depend on the authority of your site.

I have a small site that went down for a day, and it noticeably lost traffic for 1-2 weeks before it came back to regular levels.

On the other hand, I used to be an in-house SEO for one of the top 100 sites on the internet. From time to time, the site would crash for an extended period of time. In those cases, Google didn't care. The site was too big and too popular.
4:38 pm on May 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I suspect I am with a similar host, my experience is that traffic recovered when it was rare, but each incident occasioned longer wait for recovery,

I think I lucked out on this shared server as it continues to go down, and traffic is now zero, not that it was every great to start with.

I'll be moving the sites