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

In a Google Webmaster Help thread, Google's John Mueller said in response to the question of SEO and server location: For search, specifically for geotargeting, the server's location plays a very ...
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Getting IP address and location of my own server instead of visiting user's

Here's the Nginx Conf which works for me, placed at the path /etc/nginx/conf.d/example.com.conf. server { listen 80; listen [::]:80; server_name example.com; proxy_set_header Host $...
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How can I route traffic between two hosting servers?

You can do this with DNS if you use a service such as Route53: DNS GeoProximity Trafic Routing If you wanted to setup your own DNS server to do this kind of thing you could look into technologies such ...
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.co.uk site showing up for brand name searches from the US even when targeted .com site is available

I think the proper heading looks something like this: <link rel="alternate" href="http://example.com" hreflang="en-us" /> <link rel="alternate" href="http://example.co.uk" hreflang="en-gb" /&...
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How to exclude traffic based on geographical location in Google Analytics

You can exclude users in this city from your reports by applying an advanced segment. Click "+ Add Segment" Click "+ New Segment" Name your segment like "Not New York" Select "Demographics" Change ...
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GEO Meta Tags: When should I use them and when should I not use them? May it be even harmful?

If you want to include location data on your pages I would recommend using https://schema.org/Organization with https://schema.org/address. It is common practice to put company contact on page footers ...
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How can I have one "master" domain redirect to other domains based on the visitors country?

Redirecting based on location can be error-prone and is considered user-unfriendly in most cases, but if that's what you want to do: Set up some type of web server (nginx, apache, etc.). On that web ...
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Does having the name of a country in the site HTML <title> based on geolocation hurt SEO?

Google uses searchers from multiple origins but most of them are located in USA. That means that Google will always see the same title: <title>[Company name] | Discounts in USA</title> ...
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How will geo-ip redirects affect which geo-targeted pages Google indexes?

Your indexing is going to be spotty. Google may index some of both sites. It will index mostly your international site because Google does most of its crawling from the US. Auto-redirection based ...
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Google for business - multiple locations with same phone number

It sounds foolish already. Why? You used the term trick and Google in the same sentence. Google is not a fool so don't treat is as such. But more importantly, do what is right for users and not for ...
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How do I find out where my server is?

You can get IP that serves image with ping command or in Developer Tools of your browser And check it's possible destination in geoiptool but the best solution to check you page speed is to test it ...
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How do websites such as Groupon or Zillow detect user location?

They are most likely using geolocation by IP address or hostname. There are many services that provide data for this. One that I know of that's easy to use is http://freegeoip.net. They have an API ...
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Redirecting my main index page - is this bad?

Your question has to dimension to take into consideration. handling multiple languages handling duplicates Handling multiple languages Organizing language versions in subdirectories is a good ...
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What's the SEO impact of using a shared CDN URL

Google and other search engines generally value content where they are embedded and not where they are physically hosted. It's common for companies and bloggers to use content delivery networks ...
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Do Google results differ between states? Sales are not coming from expected regions despite appearing to rank

It could be the case that, in the states with more snow, there are more companies that offer similar services/products to yourself. If this is the case it may explain why you've had only 2 sales in ...
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Using cookies on a site to redirect based on location - Googlebot crawling

In short, you're right that search engines don't typically read or store cookies. However this shouldn't in itself cause problems for you. You haven't said which, but you're using either the user's ...
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Does the WooCommerce function "Geolocate (with page caching support)" affect the Google ranking?

Think there's a misunderstanding: Woocommerce geolocate doesn't create duplicate content for other localities: it merely redirects to circumvent caching to accurately determine country accessing the ...
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Avoid "Cloaking" with GeoIP Redirects

It is against Google's guidelines to treat their bot any different than a normal user, so if you are force redirecting users then you must force redirect Googlebot, obviously this creates the issue of ...
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Geo-target a website to rank in both the USA and UK

Yes it is possible. This is most likely your scenario: Your content has small regional variations with similar content in a single language. For example, you might have English-language content ...
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.co.uk site showing up for brand name searches from the US even when targeted .com site is available

You should use hreflang to geo locate each domain. Quality links from those countries (local extensions and/or IP servers located there) would definitely help on local ranks.
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Can JavaScript be used to obtain real-time GPS location data?

Javascript Geolocation requires special permissions. Chrome used to allow geoloc to be more easily accessible but has since restricted most code from accessing it. Here are a few examples of things ...
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How to make Google display only Country-specific search results based on user's location

For Google specifically, you can set up Search Console geotargeting under Search Traffic > International Targeting. Check the box and select "unlisted" so Google will become aware that you are ...
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International SEO for Same URL

First of all. To rank different content and do different Page Title, Meta Description for the same URL is not possible and it's against Google guidelines. By Google interpretation, it is "cloaking". ...
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Should the 'Unlisted' International Targeting option, be used in the Google Webmasters Tools/Search Console, when looking to target Europe as a whole?

TLDR: Since International targeting lets you select specific countries but does not have Europe as an option, having the site targeting set to "Unlisted" is the only choice you have. This is generally ...
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How can I provide Google with better geolocation information for a local music site?

You can apply structured data for your music events with the property MusicEvent. For geolocation, you can apply the element location. To clarify the localization, you can also apply information about ...
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Geo-target a website to rank in both the USA and UK

Technically, yes, USA-based websites can index and rank in the UK (or any other country). For instance, if you search for the brand name of an American-only company, chances are it will rank highly in ...
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Getting IP address and location of my own server instead of visiting user's

Because your main application server is behind a proxy server, you will naturally be seeing the IP address of the proxy server, since this is effectively the "client" making the request to your ...
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International software sold seperatly for each country: ccTLD and gTLD setup

At the end of the day it comes down mostly to preference and what will work best for you and be the most intuitive for your customers. Your strategy for procuring domain names seems well thought out ...
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Does server location and geo location based on IP impact SEO?

I can confirm that server location plays a role in SEO. As a marketing manager at web hosting company, I spoke with several clients who are involved in marketing. Originally, almost everyone was ...
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Do Google results differ between states? Sales are not coming from expected regions despite appearing to rank

The most exact method would be to merge IP adresses from your access.log file with any GeoIP database. Beside of this i would deeply dive into querying Google with your keywords but from different ...
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