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Old 01-21-2016, 10:08 AM   #1
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Configuring each IP on a server to have unique geo-location to enable Search Analytics solution

Hello -

I have appreciated the forum in the past as it has proved a great resource for answering basic questions in administering our own servers, and usually the answer was available with a search of the forum.

This time however we have a complicated question that, before we create an RFP for a SysAdmin expert, want to know if our solution is even possible.

We are looking to create proxies that have the geolocation of the top 1,000 US cities and appear to be running as local servers/IP addresses.

We are attempting to build a robust local search engine analytics solution that will help track small businesses performance of their local and organic search results versus the competition and across multiple keywords. This requires that we regularly query Google/Bing/Yahoo. With customization of search results based on hyper-localization increasing it has become almost impossible to do without IP addresses in the cities we are analyzing for our customers.

We have tested the solution for accuracy using some basic proxies in major metro areas. The search results are being returned as if the request were performed by a local user which is what we need.

Our next hope is to configure a server as an IPv6 proxy server. Each individual IP address would act as an anonymous proxy and if queried for geo-location would appear to be in each of those top 1000 cities. We are unsure whether this would require a multi-VPS setup where each IP or possibly group of IPs would be on a VPS and the location configured to be the city that IP is assigned to (is this even possible?) or if there is another solution that would allow us to setup anonymous proxies that we could then use to connect to the major search engines.

I understand this might be a difficult/complicated issue and appreciate anyone who takes the time to understand. Again, before we write an RFP we just want to confirm that this might be possible and at least inform how we describe the desired outcome in the RFP.

Thanks in advance.
Old 01-25-2016, 08:40 AM   #2
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Any feedback from an expert for the initial post? Is this situation possible:

* to enable a competitive review of search results for local businesses by querying search engines we need a query to appear local
* thus we'd like to take an ipv6/64 pick 1000 addresses randomly from the /64 and assign each of them as if it is its own server and give it a geo-location that matches one of the top 1000 cities in the USA
* this will allow us to then query Google for those addresses as if we were in that location and get the hyper-local results

Again, thanks for any help from someone with knowledge of the issue.


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