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Cloudflare Can Cloudflare Actually Hurt Your Website’s SEO?

Discussion in 'Web Development & Web Performance' started by RoldanLT, Mar 2, 2018.

  1. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2014
    Local Time:
    1:21 PM
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  2. eva2000

    eva2000 Administrator Staff Member

    May 24, 2014
    Brisbane, Australia
    Local Time:
    3:21 PM
    Nginx 1.13.x
    MariaDB 5.5
    Interesting indeed - Shawn from Digitalpoint.com is one of the largest sites I know using Cloudflare without reporting such SEO issues though.

    Wonder if it depends on what specific Cloudflare features you enable on your plan ? Or any specific features or page rules you configure or misconfigure ?

    From first link, the owner only waited 24hrs to turn off cloudflare after seeing the crawl rate drop while Cloudflare support said the crawl rate will rise back up over time.

    That's possible as Cloudflare may block visits from what it detects as not real visitors - so less visits = less pageviews = less ad impressions.

    but could be shared Cloudflare IP from How to Protect Your SEO Rankings When Using CloudFlare

    But you need to be on Cloudflare Business Plan at $200/month to be able to upload custom SSL certificates ! But wording on Cloudflare also suggest ordeirng an auto renewaling dedicated SSL cert also allows uploading ?


    But according to Cloudflare comment they use SNI shared IP and not dedicated IP for dedicated SSL certs Dedicated SSL Certificates

    Last edited: Mar 3, 2018
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  3. bassie

    bassie Active Member

    Apr 29, 2016
    Local Time:
    6:21 AM
    Blocking users due to the Cloudflare firewall filters or captcha.
    I don't think it applies.

    This is too coincidental.
    Otherwise everyone suffers.

    It is most likely the shared IP which causes problems.
    Google ranks strictly on low quality content now a days.

    If you come to a shared system by accident with sites as for example
    MOTD live streams (still there on Cloudflare) and content scrapers.
    Then you have a problem.
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