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Episode Eighteen | 11/12/2008

Download Episode 18 (mp3) or listen right here:

After the 3rd recording attempt, we’ve sorted out our recording problems, and we’re back with a backlog-clearing, hour long marathon!

Loads of links below, first however, we need to post the information from Steve Marshall regarding location of servers:

Search Engines and Geographical Location of Servers

On episode 14, you were asked about search engines and the geographical location of your servers. I asked an SEO about this, and he had the following to say:

Google uses the IP of your server, initially, to determine your target audience. So an IP in the UK will rank more favourably in than for searches. Further to this, the users use of the ‘pages from cc’ could flush your rank from SERPs if the IP is outside the selected cc. Current suggestion is somewhere between 10% to 18% of searches use country searches.

Using a ccTLD will balance out or over-ride a non-agreeing IP geolocation but the geolocation of the IP and the ccTLD are of similar influence so a ccTLD over a geolocated IP should not be relied on alone.

You can also use Google Webmaster Tools to specify a target market, again improving your ranking in that market and helping inclusion on ‘pages from cc’ searches.

Furthermore, Google’s perception of markets of inbound links can also affect this: if you have lots of inbounds from the UK, you’re perceived to be more apt to the UK market than someone with lots of inbounds from, say, Germany.

Oh, and if you correctly identify your audience—if you use Adsense—that can also make a difference.

Hope that helps!

(Sorry it took so long to post Steve, and thanks for the information!)


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You asked how things have been business wise since June… well we really are all doomed aren’t we… VAT rate cuts, Woolworths closing down… truly the end of the world is nigh.

However business for us has been fairly good, not stonking, but good. We have some nice reserves to fall back on if things aren’t all smooth and shiny next year so I’m fairly confident that we’ll weather the storm. :)

Great episode BTW and the sound quality is much improved!

Nathan Pitman 799 days ago

I was really hoping for a 5-hour podcast, so, yeah, the longer the better!

Jerry 799 days ago


Bails 799 days ago

Ah – you so nearly read my question out at 25mins. It shall forever remain a mystery.

Paul Burgess 799 days ago

Really enjoyed the podcast. I can’t see why anyone would object to the hour long episodes – after all, we are all blessed with a pause button if we can’t give it the hour.

Thanks John and Jon

Adam Taylor 797 days ago

At last! A new episode :D

Thought it twas great.


Mark 794 days ago

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