SEO · Hosting

How important is local IP/hosting for country specific SEO?

David DeMember Co-Founder at Toi

June 3rd, 2015

Assuming that for a multi-national company who wants to present multiple languages/sites there are 3 options.

  1. Use different sub domains (i.e.
  2. Use different sub folders (i.e.
  3. Use different country specific TLDs (
With option 3, how important is it to use localized hosting and IPs? I noticed ebay hosts from San Jose, but they're ebay and SEO isn't their main focus (I Think).

Alex Morco Sr. Executive

March 10th, 2018

1. I will not prefer using this technique.

2. If you will create landing page for different countries like, & . Then, you will be having issue with creating landing pages within these URL's and also It will not well optimized for SEO.

3. This is the best practice, because you will have more domains, more DA, and you can get link from your each domain. Also, you can optimize every single domain locally. It will rank faster and boost your local search within the country. Get hosting within that country from which the domain belongs to.

I am using same technique for my website with multiple languages and hosted with Cloudways SEO hosting, you can them, They will give you datacenters within your target country. and precisely it will be optimized.

Deborah Brown I'm an enthusiast designer who loves to be creative in my work.

March 9th, 2021

Great…! Good question and I don’t think that there is only one answer. There are multiple options are available..!

Now, millions of users using multiple domains, product, services so its all totally depends on a particular user. There are several web hosting company providers in different countries.

Suppose we will create multiple landing pages for different types of counters. Then that time you will be facing some profiles for creating landing pages and we will not set up properly. Your website URL is also not properly set and also it will not well optimized your website for SEO purposes.

This is the best option because you will get a number of the domain name, more DA, great PA, and your spam score is also less and you can easily get a link from your own domain. There are multiple benefits like your website traffic is improved also your website is rank and automatically traffic generates.

As per my experience is a great advantage for my own business website with multiple languages And hosted with DomainRacer. Because they are providing the best SEO-related tools. DomainRacer's all-data center has excellent connectivity across the world. All our data center locations are in India, the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Singapore, etc.

Thank You…..!

Peter Johnston Businesses are composed of pixels, bytes & atoms. All 3 change constantly. I make that change +ve.

June 4th, 2015

This fits in with the responsive v adaptive debate. 
How important are people in a particular country to you? 

Unimportant enough for you to just assume they're the same as the customers you focus on - so you'll give them the same site? Or important enough that you'll look into their specific needs and wants and create a site specially for them?

You probably know the answer. If you want to sell to someone the more relevant it is to them, the better they will respond. That better response has a value, probably way above the cost of a site.

The best answer is to have a specific site for each country and even each market you sell to. Or personalise the site with content specific to the area by using a lookup.

This becomes more important with mobile - your site should be using the GPS, maps, orientation, the intelligent layer which knows what is around them, what the competitor activity is in that area etc. It can even use the camera, microphone, accelerometer etc. to create something specific to them. And it should know their purchase history, social profile and influence too. The days of creating sites which are just media to an undifferentiated audience have gone.

Anything else is a fudge - a lazy person's way of doing something which pleases their boss, rather than trying to please the customer (which is harder).

If it is any help Craigslist fails totally in the UK as it is US centric, Apple succeeds massively in spite of being just a US site with double the price for the UK and ebay is truly relevant to UK people.

Myles Anderson Founder / Director at BrightLocal

June 4th, 2015

It's a good question and I don't think there is 1 right answer for all situations.

Large retail & consumer orientated sites often opt for a domestic domain vs. a folder geared towards a specific country- e.g. Ebay, Amazon, Tripadvisor, Yelp. 

These types of sites have different & unique products & audiences in each country so they need more separation & control of their country presence. I've never worked for large multi-national retailer but i do wonder if the likes of Ebay, Amazon, Tripadvisor were starting out today would they make the same decision again?

For businesses/brands that don't have any regional variation (i.e. Apple who sells same products in all territories) they can make a single domain approach work more easily. So the choice you make should be based on your business structure rather than SEO reasons.

In terms of hosting location affecting SEO: site speed is already a ranking factor and some believe it will get more important as Google pushes websites to make user experience better & better. If you have a Uk site for a UK audience then hosting in the US can slow down responsiveness which may negatively impact SEO performance. The downside of hosting in multiple countries is the tech overhead for maintaining and managing in different countries. 

Karl Schulmeisters Founder ExStreamVR

June 4th, 2015

It really depends on your app.   There are "data safe harbor" provisions in places like the EU that preclude you from physically holding certain types of data about EU citizens in a location outside the EU borders.

There are datasets in the USA that the US government requires you not hold outside the USA.

And there may also be authentication and Content Delivery (CDN) reasons to have local front end presence. 

So there Is simply no single answer for this