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    Website Access Deny at Country Level and its effect on Google?

    Howdy Squad!

    Just wondering if anyone has tested or knows the merits, demerits of blocking a website access for a country and its effect on the SERPS on that country in Google?

    Let's say, I've restrcited the access for a website for the complete australian region. All other countries still have the access to the website.. Would that clearly mean that SERPS for google.com.au for the website will take a plunge and website will be dead on traffic?

    If the access is restored again, would it acquire the same status for the SERPS?

    Lookin forward to your thoughts
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    I've never really tested this out, but we did attempt to set the google webmaster settings to help identify a site to be targeted for the US. It wasn't really effective My suggestion would be to only block a specific country access if you have a reason not to receive traffic from that country, for instance if your product cannot be sold there but you keep getting contacts or your site isn't legal there. Otherwise you run the risk of getting dropped on other country versions of Google.

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    First of all, you'll probably lose the country search traffic, too.

    Secondly, I don't remember many reasons to block a country.

    Even if you get lots of traffic from an unservable country, you can create a helpful page with the providers, where the visitors can get what they want. It'll build your brand and maybe even visibility.

    Also, think about various use cases: what if an Australian wants to ship a gift to the US? Surely you'd be able to do that.

    I don't think blocking one countries traffic would drop a site out of the other countries indexes. Surely that's impractical, then again, I haven't tested this and probably never will.
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    I've advised specific clients to block traffic from Russia and China - they don't sell there, and such a large portion of my spammers are in those regions that it just is not worth the headache. (sorry Yura. If I could let just you through, I'd do it.)

    So it doesn't really matter if you drop in the serps there - if you don't want anyone seeing the site in a country, who cares if your rank drops there?

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    Hmm. I hope the reason to block a country is severe and you physically can't serve anyone, be it an American or a Canadian, who's visiting the country.

    That being said, I did block MSN once on a webdev website for spamming my referrer logs and am considering doing the same on my own website.

    Yeah, I know that my countrymen are spammers and I've seen sites that block Russia (me) already. It's pretty disheartening. I can tell you my IP so you can give it a pass
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    Actually, when it comes to sites like Online Casino, you need to ban some countries from where you can't expect any conversion but just the traffic for some good keywords, which in turn enhances the SERPS at that particular place.. therefore, being #1 in India for example, for "Online casino" is of no real use other than a sheer waste of $$!

    I actually meant, that if, the access is denied to a particular country where the site is already ranking in top serps, will its SERPS fall too at that particular country's engine due to the block? I think it should fall.. but can speculate only!
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    If you block G in India, then in G India the rankings will drop.
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    Honestly my first thought was, "Hey, it works for China..."


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