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shags38, post: 51696 wrote:
Some additional advice I got was speed of download, apparently a significant factor as far as the big G is concerned, will generally be better for a site if hosted in the target market country, e.g. an AU site hosted in Australia will download faster for an Australian searcher than the same site if it was hosted in the U.S. – would you concur?
Hi Mike,
I don’t agree with this.

Here is what Google says on its Webmasters Central Blog: “While site speed is a new signal, it doesn’t carry as much weight as the relevance of a page. Currently, fewer than 1% of search queries are affected by the site speed signal in our implementation”

It’s from the article “Using site speed in web search ranking” on the official Google blog
http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2010/04/using-site-speed-in-web-search-ranking.html

Load speed appears to be insignificant to Google unless you have a serious problem with your hosting service or website.

If you have a problem then you will most likely be addressing factors that have nothing to do with the country where your site is hosted. Eg. “Best Practices for Speeding Up Your Web Site” http://developer.yahoo.com/performance/rules.html

Regs,
JohnW