View Full Version : Domain name & server location problem with Google

01-19-2006, 06:23 AM
What would be the best method for what I'm trying to do?

I have a web site on a USA server using an MSSQL database. This is not a dedicated server, the hosting is shared with other persons. The site is optimized for Google.com and appears in the top search results for its keywords.

The problem is this: I am trying to optimize my site for Google.co.za (South Africa). But because my site's IP address is from the USA, it doesn't get picked up as South African by Google even if the domain name is a .co.za domain name.

What I would like to do is have a seperate web site with my site's South African content hosted on a South African server, but I would still need to use the same database and data as the USA site.

How would I solve this problem? To have the South African site access a USA hosted database may be slow, and I doubt if I will have access to it. But to have two seperate database and synchronize the data is also a big task and I don't know what would be the best method for this. Is there some kind of redirect I can use that won't be penalized as site duplication?

Any ideas or suggestions will be much appreciated.


01-19-2006, 01:54 PM
Perhaps....a sitemap? ;)

01-23-2006, 07:07 AM
How would that help me? What I need is to leave my site & database where it is (on a USA server) because it is optimized for Google USA. But to optimize it for Google SA, it needs to be hosted on a South African server. How would I be able to have to identical sites on different servers, but using the same database? And without Google penalizing me for site duplication?

01-23-2006, 12:04 PM
You've answered your own question really - it's NOT possible to have two identical sites without Google, at some stage, penalising you for it.

Setting up two sites to use the same database is straight forward (although as you say it may be slow), but since it will result in two identical sites, it's a moot point. You don't want to do it.