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Verifying the benefits of hosting locally

     
8:53 pm on Oct 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi all
Sometime ago we switched from canadian hosting to hosting located in the United states.How do I confirm that we are indeed reaping the benifits of hosting in the United States. Is there a way to tell where an ip comes from?

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6:14 am on Oct 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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There are quite a few geo IP location services that have tools available on their sites that report IP locations.
12:20 pm on Oct 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Why do you think there are any benefits whatsoever of being hosted in the USA? If anything it's asking for trouble by not following inane laws and whatnot.
12:36 pm on Oct 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Why do you think there are any benefits whatsoever of being hosted in the USA?

search engines take IP location into account when serving up locally relevant results. Therefore, if you want to market to America, hosting in America is better than hosting outside America.
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thats exactly what I am trying to do....My hosting provider is located in new york, but my traffic is still mostly from canada. does my whois information(having a canadian address) play into this senerio at all?
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it may be that the change hasn't registered with Google yet. Here's some speculation. Googlebot will do a homepage visit once every two months. Maybe- maybe- at this time, various parameters are checked.
Maybe you won't notice a change until Google notices the new IP, which could be up to a month or two.