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How a Low Cost Hosting Environment Can Kill Your Search Engine Position?

    Low cost hosting (or even free hosting) may sound good but you have to be careful. A hosting provider that overloads their servers with too many hosting accounts can offer lower cost hosting but their servers are congested and this can mean trouble for your website.

    Also, low cost providers may display ads on your website that bring in revenue to the hosting provider. These ads are a way to make up the difference between what the hosting cost are and the hosting fees the provider is receiving from you. These ads act as a subsidy for the low costs for hosting your website. However, the ads take away from your website and message.

    The low cost providers may not be doing a comprehensive backup of your website on a daily basis. This is one of the ways that they can save money. To do backups less frequently saves them money but can put you at risk if you need a current (prior 24 hours) backup of your site.

    Another way an inexpensive hosting provider can save money is to use a low bandwidth connection to the Internet. Bandwidth is a measure of how much data can be received and delivered through a connection. If the connection is a low bandwidth connection then your site may load slowly. Some of your potential customers may think that the site will not load at all and give up. Also, if there is high usage on a crowded server with a low bandwidth connection then all the sites will slow down. This will happen even if the high usage is not associated with traffic on your site. The traffic could be on another site on the same server and your site will slow down or appear to be unavailable. If Google visits during a time when your site is operating slowly or unavailable then Google may hold this as a mark against your site and you may drop in position.

    A good hosting provider will also have hardware such as firewalls, load-balancing circuits, uninterruptable power supplies and multiple paths to the Internet for additional bandwidth to further protect and maintain the hosting environment.

    Another good idea is to select a hosting provider that can offer you a dedicated IP address. The inexpensive providers may not offer this service and a dedicated IP address can provide you with more control of your hosting environment and help you with your search engine positioning. A dedicated IP address may cost a bit more but it will be worth it if you need an extra boost in the search engines.


    1. Select a high quality hosting provider and be willing to pay for it.
    2. Talk to your web developer to determine if a dedicated IP address is appropriate for your website.
    3. Select a provider that does daily back-ups of your website.
    4. Host in an environment that does not overload its servers.
    5. Select a provider that has reliable high-speed connection from the servers to the Internet.
    6. Work with a web developer that also offers hosting. This way the web development service and the hosting service will work nicely together.
    7. Don't take your hosting environment for granted it can have a big impact on your search engine position and on the quality of the experience for your visitors.

    Next Step:

    If you would like Website Link Tactics to help you to get links into your website that are keyword-based and embedded in paragraphs with text related to your business then give us a call.

    We will be happy to discuss how linking can help boost up your position in the search engines and help to drive targeted traffic to your website.

    Also, you can simply fill out the form on our Inquiry Page and we will get back to you shortly.

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