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    Does anyone block visitors from certain countries?
    I've been a full time affiliate for 6 years now and I've never paid too much attention as to where my visitors have come from.

    Now I've discovered Google analytics has a real time visitor thingy and it tells you where the visitor is from.

    My site targets the US and maybe Canada as well. I'm getting visitors from Russia, India and Nigeria to name a few.

    They have no reason to visit the site as the products do not ship over there. I can't help thinking that they're up to no good.

    So do you block any countries from visiting your sites and how does this affect ranking?

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    Yup!

    We block all countries but 3.
    USA, CA and UK
    Where's the Great Life of Affiliate Marketing Hiding?

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    It sounds like I'm very late into this but I would rather not entrust Google to rank my site higher than copies.

    I'm confident with scrapers that they're dealt with but if someone from these dodgy countries has any intelligence then they could cause problems.
    Last edited by alphawave; January 3rd, 2015 at 12:20 PM.

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    Blocking became too much of a game - we simply only ALLOW traffic from the US, UK, and CA...
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    Blocking became too much of a game - we simply only ALLOW traffic from the US, UK, and CA...
    US & CA house many server farms full of scrapers, I would never depend on country for either block or allow. Blocking effectively does take time, is a PITA but there is no effective set-it up and forget it way to deal with it. unfortunately.

    I'm confident with scrapers that they're dealt with...
    Don't bet on it, scrapers don't use your content so much as spin and sell it or bundle and sell it and it must be a good business because they grow even as fewer sites start up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2busy View Post
    US & CA house many server farms full of scrapers, I would never depend on country for either block or allow. Blocking effectively does take time, is a PITA but there is no effective set-it up and forget it way to deal with it. unfortunately.
    Bad server farms in the US, UK, and CA exist. But it's much easier dealing with these three countries than ALL of the other 200 combined.

    We have no need for any traffic outside of these three countries...
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    On some days a few of my sites get Google organic traffic from Asian countries, on some days it's all from Europe. Even though I set them for the US traffic only in WMTools. In any case, on some of those days my AdSense pays are through the roof, so it would be "unwise" to block them.
    I almost blocked Bing though. True story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by login View Post
    On some days a few of my sites get Google organic traffic from Asian countries, on some days it's all from Europe. Even though I set them for the US traffic only in WMTools. In any case, on some of those days my AdSense pays are through the roof, so it would be "unwise" to block them.
    I almost blocked Bing though. True story.
    We don't use Adsense. Instead, we have our own PPC ad network and run contextual affiliate ads and paid ads by merchants. Works out well for us.

    In fact, The Google still owes us money from when they shut down GAN - written off as Bad Debt...
    Salty kisses, Sandy toes, and a Pirate's heart...

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    Wow yet another new thing I've learned in my new ecommerce venture. After all this time I didn't even realize country blocking was an option for websites. You've definitely given me something to do tomorrow!

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