Question: I am in Ottawa Canada, is it best to be hosted right out of Ottawa, or is any canadian city good? Also, you said that web address should not be forwarded to a main website, the sites should not be empty, so what do you do with the other domain names? example, I am re-doing my website, www.envirofilms.ca, changing it from www.enviroenergyfilms.ca, I thought it would be easier to start fresh and I want to drop the energy in the name.
Answer: That’s a good question and I don’t know the answer directly. I would TEST. If you are showing up for your target keyword, geographic searches, then you are fine. Pay special attention to Google Places and whether you show up. What I have seen is that a Canadian company that hosts in the USA, can’t show up easily in Google.ca searches; a USA company has difficult showing in Google.co.uk searches, etc. So if you want to show up in a particular country, you should HOST in that company.
In the USA it doesn’t seem to matter if you cross state lines – it’s too confusing for Google to track – since many, many companies host all over the place independent of where they are physically located. I would expect that the same would apply in countries like Canada. But do your searches and see. If you are NOT showing up, then moving your hosting might be something to consider.
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