Maybe I'm retarded but I don't think it matters where your server is...
I'm sure you're not mate :-).
I'm just thinking about it.
How Google decides what to include when you search on google.co.uk.
Maybe they include all co.uk , or all the servers that have a UK or Europe IP..
I have no idea what they are doing but I do know that I would like to target the UK market...
Well I'm sure a co.uk and uk hosting wouldn't hurt especially if you're going for local results for London for example...
Yeah but I do have some com domains (not to mention the info's :-) )..
I recall hosting location is looked at by Google...
Use adwords. You can geo target by country. Set up a campaign aimed at the uk..
Or just buy a .co.uk..
From my experience, a local host is always better. If you want to target the US use a USA host, if your site targets the UK, use a host from the UK.
Of course this does not apply to PPC traffic......
Moving your host will help lots..
Another thing is getting backlinks from lots of .co.uk sites..
I'm no SEO expert, but logic would suggest if that is the case then links from .xx.uk sites (I'm sure org.uk, me.uk etc would be as good as co.uk) hosted in the UK would hold more weight..
Also (again just assumptions) links from .edu & .gov sites in the US seemingly have SEO benefits, so it would make sense that links from .gov.uk & .ac.uk are treated in a similar way..
How many schools and uni's offer blogs etc? I'm sure it can't be hard to get some .ac.uk links...
I think that buying the co.uk (or other uk related) is really the thing I;m going to do..
Thank you everyone for responding...
Buy .net mag and find a cheap UK host (make sure the servers are in the UK)When your buying up co.uk domains make sure you remember that there is a 35 transfer fee which can add up if your flipping sites..
Also keep to UKREG 123REG etc as domain reg companies are always folding in the UK. Take a look at Nominet UK for some info!..
Thanks mate, someone actually pointed out heartinternet .co .uk ..
I think I'll try them..
What do you mean by ?
I heard it's better to have a uk ip adress we used to host in the us but our white hat seo guys said mone to a uk ip adress and we have had better ranking..
Yeah and you need to move your entire family and friends over to London too! Or did they not tell you that key fact - google always look at the address on the whois & contact page..
In a couple of experiments I conducted, only a few urls mind you, the site on the .co.uk domain with uk hosting worked best for ranking in G.co.uk for UK key phrases. If you include the word UK, and places in the UK, in content and title tags, most search engines can figure out that your content is UK specific..
I guess if I could only change one thing and had loads of different tlds, I would host them in the UK. Just in case G looks at the whois data, use a privacy filter for that.
Hope my rambling helps..