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#1 laura_c

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 07:52 AM

TCH have been hosting my web-site for some months now - and the service, reliability and Ts&Cs have been great. Any questions I ask get answered quickly; any issues are fixed almost before I can ask. I have no complaints.

Recently, it has been suggested to me that because most of my customers are in the UK, I am suffering lower page rankings and lower search engine position for keyword searches because TCH servers are all located in the USA. Can this be right? Do I really have to move away to another host to get better search result placings?

I thought the internet was more open than that and that the geographic location of the server was irrelevant?

Anyone have knowledge, thoughts or advice on this, please?

#2 TCH-Bruce

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 08:49 AM

First time I've ever heard something like that, but with ever changing search engine optimization who knows. I still believe content and incoming links have more to do with recognition than server location.

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 12:56 PM

I am going to assume you are tracking most of your results on Google. If that is the case, I recommend you sign up for Google's WebMaster Tools, which allows you to set your Geographic target.

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#4 laura_c

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Posted 26 May 2009 - 01:00 AM

Thanks Bruce and Dick for your feedback. I have already used the Google Webmaster Tools and set the geographic location. However, we are still being advised by SEO organisations that being based on a US located server is detrimental to our search results position.

Whilst researching, I came across the following article which may be of interest to others:-

Making Geotargeted Content Findable For the Right Searchers

I am continuing to look into this, but it seems there may be some foundation to the location of servers being pertinent to search results.




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