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Subject: Website placement
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: isabella10-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 05 Nov 2003 06:05 PST
Expires: 05 Dec 2003 06:05 PST
Question ID: 272819
Our website was placing #3 on Google searches for big bear cabin, big
bear cabins, etc.  Now it's disappeared.  If you could be of any help
with suggestions, we would greatly appreciate it.  Thanks so much.

Request for Question Clarification by serenata-ga on 05 Nov 2003 10:01 PST
Hi Isabella ~

It would help to have the URL of your site. Then a researcher can take
a look and may be able to help.


Clarification of Question by isabella10-ga on 05 Nov 2003 17:37 PST
So sorry!!!  Can't believe that I forgot that.  We are
Thanks for your help.
Subject: Re: Website placement
Answered By: robertskelton-ga on 05 Nov 2003 18:18 PST
Hi there,

The problem is that you have the same content under different URLs. redirects to:

A Google search for "big bear cabin" has your 4bigbearcabins site
coming in at #10 without the quotes, and #7 if the phrase is within

Google puts effort into making sure multiple URLs for the same content
don't clog up the listings, so that the search results are the best
they can be for searcher. They recommend:

"Don't create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with
substantially duplicate content."

If you are seeing different search results, or if you have any further
questions on this topic, just ask for a clarification and I'll be
pleased to help.

Best wishes,

Request for Answer Clarification by isabella10-ga on 05 Nov 2003 21:33 PST
Thanks so much!  I suspected that was the problem but my web people
said it wasn't.  If I change the content and don't do the redirect,
can I resubmit the site and will Google probably accept it again??

Clarification of Answer by robertskelton-ga on 05 Nov 2003 23:37 PST
If you intend to run two websites for the same underlying purpose, the
best way to do it and not be penalized by Google is to avoid as much
of the following as is practical:

- duplicate pasages of text
- linking the websites to each other 
- using the same graphics    
- using the same web host   
- duplicate contact details (like your phone number)   
- duplicate legal disclaimers    
- duplicate ownership details in WHOIS records   

Obviously some of the above are easier than others to achieve. If the
content is different, and you get a link from a website other than
your own, and you wait a while for Google to update their index, then
all should be fine.

In my experience, it is better to concentrate on a single website,
with a single URL - and invest your time into improving your visitor's
experience, and asking other sites for links.
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