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For SEO, is it important to have your website hosted in the particular country you expect the most visitors from? Would a company like GoDaddy be o.k? I'm currently in Australia.
pigsinpink said: How do I know if the host blocks the Google bot or host bad sites? Is there a way to check this?
I don't know that it is possible to know, in advance, if a particular host is allowing "bad guys" to "move into the neighborhood", so to speak. But you might be able to help yourself by going with one of the bigger hosts, some outfit with an established and positive reputation.
In other words, this would probably not be a situation in which to skimp on the hosting costs. Don't simply go with whoever is cheapest, and then expect to find yourself in the best company.
Just my opinion, of course; I could be wrong....
Its definitely a case which helps you get good ranking.
There are two things to keep in mind.
1) host should be of the same country and/or
2) domain should be of the same country
if you are targeting uk, the domain should go companyname.co.uk or it can be any domain but hosted in UK.
my target market is US but I am using godaddy for registering domains. how you would comment on this?
Your registrar is irrelevant for SEO.
How does one really get a good host and who are those topping in terms of reliability and cost effectiveness.
short names will do.
We aren't allowed to name names here. There is a "hosting" forum for supporters, though, where you can.