Questions tagged [geolocation]

Finding the geographic location of a user

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Does server location and geo location based on IP impact SEO?

I was browsing through a VPS provider and came across this information for additional IPs. Is this true? One of the main criteria Google takes into account when ranking every website is loading ...
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SEO Geolocation

Does anybody know whether the location of the datacenter affects the SEO value of a given website? In other words a site which has 100% of visitors coming from USA has to be hosted in USA for better ...
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Getting IP address and location of my own server instead of visiting user's

I have a MEAN Stack application deployed on a server and am using Nginx as proxy server to handle the request and redirect to application's particular port. For example: User accesses the URL http://...
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How to ban registrations from TOR exits?

I am getting far too many fake registrations through TOR exits. I would like to block these registrations like major sites do. What is the proper way to do that?
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Multi country redirect working with google

I have company.com, us.company.com and ca.company.com, all using the same language, however, displaying different content e.g. pricing, imagery and text I want the site to be displayed in Google as ...
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Redirect based on country

Let's say I have a site that has multiple versions for different countries, e.g.: www.example.com/us www.example.com/uk www.example.com/ca and I want to use IP geolocation to redirect users who go ...
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How to exclude traffic based on geographical location in Google Analytics

I see a lot of traffic coming from 1 city in a country on which my site is not even focused. I also know it's not a real user, so I want to exclude all traffic coming from that city in my reports, ...
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What's the best way to determine users' preferred language?

In determining which language to display content in by default, there are, as far as I know, three basic methods: Examine the Accept headers sent by the browser. Use IP geolocation to determine the ...
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How can we redirect visitors outside our country to an international site without harming SEO?

We are looking for a way to redirect the visitors not in our country to our international website. Firstly, we have to detect their location with a Geo-location service, and then redirect them if ...
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Looking for free, specific Ip2Location Database

I am searching for a free db (like an updated XML or CSV file) that relates IP addresses to specific locations. I want more information than just the country. I want some sort of region or city ...
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Does google show location keywords to users who didn't explicitly search it if they're in that place?

For example, a page is SEO'd for "party decorations boston", and someone in boston searches for "party decorations", will the page be weighted in?
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Download tracking by IP

Is it possible to track downloads from a website by IP address? Ideally, I would like to see a log file with possibly time stamps, occurrences, and who (IP address, and/or country of origin). If ...
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Single IP address multiple servers

I have seen that some IP addresses are tied to multiple servers (physical machines). Example: check the ping times of one of GoDaddy's nameservers: http://just-ping.com/index.php?vh=NS39....
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Tracking eCommerce transactions geographically in Google Analytics Universal

I've done a complete overhaul of our site and had to move our eCommerce transaction posting from the typical JavaScript calls of ga.js on our front-end to direct purchase processing on our back-end, ...
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Where do you get data to populate a suggest-box with Country, State, City and Zip Information?

I'm trying to create some dialogs in my web-app that can auto-suggest possible Countries, States, Cities and Zips in a form. I was planning on storing this information in a database, and making calls ...
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Redirection based on user's location

I'm about to redirect my French users from mysite.com to mysite.fr. Is it possible using DNS CNAME records or should I write some GEOLocation codes to do that? I will appreciate any other ideas. ...
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Can I detect the IP address and location of visitors to my web application who are behind a proxy?

I'm writing a web application and I need to make sure that I have the actual IP address and location of my visitors, since there are many users in Middle East and China using proxy services to bypass ...
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.co.uk targeted for google.co.uk .com targeted for google.com

We've had a website running on a .co.uk domain for some years, this domain is listed in the SERPS for our brand on both google.co.uk and google.com. We get little traffic from anywhere other than the ...
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Do Google results differ between states? Sales are not coming from expected regions despite appearing to rank

I manage a website that sells snow-related products. It ranks pretty well in Google. Oddly though, of the states that typically receive snow in the US, in 2015, only people from 2 states have ...
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Is there a way I can redirect search engine traffic by U.S. State or Zip Code?

I work for an e-commerce company that operates solely within the United States. However, the price of goods and availability of our products depends on what State or even Zip Code you reside in (we ...
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How can I route traffic between two hosting servers?

I have a web site. It is designed for two target groups of users: one from Eastern Europe, second - from USA. I also have two hosting accounts - one in USA and one in Europe. I'd like to route the ...
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What's the most efficient & economical way to do GeoIP redirects for a high traffic site?

So, I'm setting up a new potentially high traffic site that's made up of several simple static pages. We want to host it as efficiently as possible, as we're both on a non-existent budget and may have ...
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How can I distribute traffic web requests geographically?

If I have two web frontends. one in Dallas, one in London. How can I best route traffic from the US to Dallas, and abroad to London?
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International SEO for Same URL

I am having multiple variants of my website for different countries. According to the country(detected from IP address of the user), we were displaying the different content to the users. The same ...
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How can I provide Google with better geolocation information for a local music site?

My site serves local music schedules based upon geolocation. The issue I'm running into is that when Google crawls the site, it usually does so from a limited number of IPs which when they trigger our ...
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Is there a way to know if apache receives a request from a public IP not local to your country?

I'm looking for ways to know if an apache server receives a request , from another country (e.g germany) considering its a fair request (no spam , or proxies). I want it either to appear this as a ...
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Page Spamming via locations

Hi guys I am new here so please be gentle :) I have created a web page for a small mail order business. The page asks the reader if they are in need of a supplier for products in their "area" and if ...
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Do Google/Twitter etc actually use distributed servers to serve their resources?

I'm trying to optimize my website and running a few tests using webpagetest.org. I tried the test from Singapore and Hongkong. I saw that while all facebook, quantcast, chitika scripts were loading ...
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.co.uk site showing up for brand name searches from the US even when targeted .com site is available

We have a .co.uk and .com domains for our company. They are effectively the same site with the .co.uk being localised for the UK and .com being localised for the USA. There are some other differences ...
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Website localization when using the same domain

I'm thinking of a website which is basically the following: users can push some pins on a map with some text and additional information regarding the location they are pinning other users can see ...
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GEO Tool - commercial use

what i want to do: offer my clients the possibility to display their store as a small graphic (like google maps). just a small png with the location of the store. only the specific client is able to ...
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Does having the name of a country in the site HTML <title> based on geolocation hurt SEO?

My website detects where the visitor is coming from. If the visit is from Guatemala, the title is: <title>[Company name] | Discounts in Guatemala</title> If the visit is from El Salvador,...
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Can JavaScript be used to obtain real-time GPS location data?

Is it possible to access GPS data (Country name, City name, Street name and house number) in real time on a smart phone with JavaScript?
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Geo-target a website to rank in both the USA and UK

Can anyone tell me if it is possible for Google to index a webpage for search results in the USA and UK. The geo targeting is currently set to the USA. I have read the following Google guide https://...
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How to make Google display only Country-specific search results based on user's location

My question goes like this: I own a multinational company with the following websites www.abc.com/us/ www.abc.com/uk/ www.abc.com/apac/ I advertise my product (let's name it "device") on each of my ...
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Redirecting my main index page - is this bad?

I have a website which has separate front pages for some countries. If you visit www.example.com it will redirect you to either www.example.com/uk or www.example.com/ie or www.example.com/global. ...
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What's the SEO impact of using a shared CDN URL

Say I have a Magento webshop with 4 different store-fronts and a European CDN which has a customized DNS lookup handler which localizes your CDN DNS lookups (so looking up cdn.myshop.co.uk from France ...
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How do websites such as Groupon or Zillow detect user location? [closed]

I have noticed that Groupon.com or Zillow.com knows what city I am located in quite reliably and without asking permission. Does anyone know what they or similar big players do to get your location? ...
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Methods of Geotargeting and optimising for location

This is somewhat an SEO question and somewhat a general web developer question. Our company website is pretty awful, I'm currently redesigning the new one, the problem is they have a directory called ...
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Best ways to collect location-based user input

I'm working on a website where users will be able to register and provide information about their location. In order to prevent users from inputting incorrect data, we don't want users to provide free-...
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Can Google Analytics label countries without data on the map?

Looking at audience-geo-location I can view a map of the world by nation. I can mouse over the shaded nations from which 'sessions' arose to obtain a count and the name of the nation. However, for the ...
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Geolocalization and Redirection

I have a multilanguage website. My project was to add the Geolocalization so base on the country that open the site to redirect in the specific url with the right language. The structure of the ...
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GeoIP and Mod_rewrite: Should I use latitude or city/town?

My boss wants to change our site to one domain with different sub domains being redirected by location to appropriate business site location. Issue is, these locations are only 100+ miles away from ...
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Session based redirect acceptable for search engines?

We have added a subsite (/usa) to an established global website. This subfolder has been made region specific to USA using google webmaster tools. Now we want visitors from USA to be automatically ...
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Options for geotargeting content

My company is creating a web portal that is designed to put relevant local geographic data in front of our users. Aside from using IP addresses, which are increasingly becoming less reliable as a ...
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How does geo targeting affect SEO if I set it or leave it unchecked in Google Search Console?

I have a tech blog which is aiming to get a global audience just like the gsmarena (popular tech blog) does. Do I need to set any specific geolocation or leave it unchecked? I don't want to rank ...
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Does Adwords use Geolocation in AdRank?

I'm running a national campaign for an online retailer. They are focusing on improving sales in Michigan. Their national ads are currently showing in Michigan. Do I get any value from adding ...
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Restrict product variation to certain countries using Woocommerce

I have products with 3,6,12,18 months product price variations. I'd like to restrict the 3,6 month option only to specific countries. Ideally this would happen by automatically geolocating the user. ...
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How do web servers identify the client's location

Many websites directs the user to specific subdomains or domains based on their location. For example, if a user based in the UK types yahoo.com, the user somehow redirected to uk.yahoo.com. If the ...
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Avoid “Cloaking” with GeoIP Redirects

I'm currently working on a US-based site that consists of the following: National Landing Site (call this WWW, i.e. www.site.com) 50 regional subdomains, one for each state (i.e. nevada.site.com, ...