Is there any harm in blocking those countries IP addresses?
We keep getting image links from poor quality foreign sites which we’re constantly having to disavow.Is there any harm in blocking those countries IP addresses,as we don’t do any business there,so there is no reason for them to ever reference us?
JOHN MEULLER (Webmaster Analyst from Google):
I feel like you might be blocking users in Switzerland.That wouldn’t be really nice.In general, the thing to kind of keep in mind here is, if you’re blocking users,it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re blocking those sites from linking to your content.So just by kind of blocking access to your site for users in specific countries doesn’t necessarily mean that those links from those websites there will also kind of disappear in the search results. So they could be completely different things.On the other hand, it could also be that the server that’s kind of creating these links to your website is actually hosted there,and that server goes off and looks at your website to see which content it could be linking to.So in those cases maybe blocking those IP addresses would make sense.But in general I wouldn’t go so far sad to say all users that are outside of my core target audience should be blocked by IP address,because then you sometimes run into the situation that you’re accidentally blocking someone who’s traveling, or that you’re accidentally blocking a search engine just because you think, well, nobody in that country could be buying something from me,but somehow the search engine crawler IP address maps to that country.So that’s something I’d be kind of cautious about.Sometimes it makes sense to do that.Sometimes it’s a bit too much.