Can a spammy website affect the ranking of other sites hosted on the same server?
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Can a spammy website affect the ranking of other sites hosted on the same server?


>>Matt Cutts: Today’s question comes from
Remiz Rahnas in Kerala, India. [reads question] Remiz asks, “My SEO client is using shared
hosting for one of their websites. When I checked other sites hosted on their server,
found some spamy websites. Will that affect ranking of my client’s website?” Great question. On the list of things that
I worry about, I, that would not be near the top. So, I understand and, and Google understands
that shared web hosting happens. You can’t really control or help who else is on that
IP address or Class C subnet. The other thing is if you were to take action
just on that Class C subnet or IP address, the spammers are pretty savvy and the spammers
would often migrate and go to a new IP address. So, typically, it’s not the most scalable
way to tackle things. Now, I would say that, and I have seen this
happen at least once, where if you have, say, thousands and thousands and thousands of spammy
websites– we saw one that had 26,000 spammy porn websites all on one IP address and then
one normal website– that can look a little bit bad because it definitely invites more
scrutiny. You sort of say, “Well, what does this one
website have to do with these thousands and thousands of spammy porn sites?” But, if you
have just the normal mix that happens with any other set of shared hosting, I really
wouldn’t worry about it that much.

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