Does One Incur Google Penalties for Blocking Entire Countries?

Dec 31, 2007 • 7:08 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

A lot of people seem to experience negative web experiences from those abroad. I can personally think of my own experiences and have thought to myself that it would be ideal to block an entire country from accessing a website to prevent fraud and the like. A WebmasterWorld member thinks similarly but wants to know if there are any consequences to blocking countries in this way.

But is this dangerous in the eyes of Google? If Google ranks the site but the visitor from, say, China, visits his site and gets a dead page, is this a bad user experience?

Well, it is, but from the eyes of two other webmasters who have done the same thing, there have been no negative affects by blocking "entire countries" from accessing certain websites. It looks like this webmaster can rest easy.

Forum discussion continues at WebmasterWorld.

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