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4/9/18
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Hotconductor

Cloudflare - bad neighborhood affecting SEO?

So Cloudflare groups thousands of sites together on an IP address.  So rather than having a site tied to a dedicated server, it is tied to thousands of other domains (potentially terrible neighbors).  Has anyone experienced a sizable negative drop in SERPs as a result of bad neighbors?

After a few years of using Cloudflare, I am considering moving back to a normal DNS service like Godaddy or Google Domians. Thoughts?
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StevieD_Web
4/9/18
StevieD_Web
>Has anyone experienced a sizable negative drop in SERPs as a result of bad neighbors?

Yes. And NO

This video from Matt Cutts is from 2013 and he is referencing the dark ages of the internet well before 2013.  And 27,000 spam p0rn sites on a single IP address with a few random legit sites mixed in.  That is a pretty high concentration of badness on a single IP range.  And the real reason Google de-indexed that IP address was because of limited Googlebot resources

These days Googlebot has far greater resources and visiting a few thousand (or million) crap sites doesn't tax Googlebot the same way as in the past (and prevent the indexing of legit sites).


Besides, these days millions of legit sites use CDN's, so a few random crap/spam sites intermixed are not going to be an issue or create a "bad" neighborhood.

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