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Q: Similar domain names ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Similar domain names
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: kozg-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 09 Jun 2006 01:21 PDT
Expires: 09 Jul 2006 01:21 PDT
Question ID: 736630
"Is it OK to have two domains such as and with the same content? If not, what is the
best solution without deleting the second domain?

Clarification of Question by kozg-ga on 09 Jun 2006 02:03 PDT
I'm wanting you know of any search engine penalties due to having
those two domains. And if there are penalties - how can I correct the
situation without deleting the second domain?
Subject: Re: Similar domain names
Answered By: eiffel-ga on 09 Jun 2006 04:21 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi kozg-ga,

Google's quality guidelines for webmasters include the following specific advice:

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

   What are Google's Quality Guidelines:

Google, in common with other search engines, does not disclose the
precise effect that duplicate content will have on your search engine
placement. However, it's obviously unwise to deliberately violate such
specific advice.

I presume you want to have the same content available from both URLs
as a convenience to a websurfer who might omit or include the hyphen
when typing in the URL. In that case you can choose one of the
addresses as the one that you wish to be indexed under.

Users who type in the other address can still reach your content if
you configure your site to use an HTTP "301 redirect" to deliver them
to the other address.

In the Google Sitemaps Blog, there are some additional tips regarding
301 redirects:

  "If your site runs on an Apache server, you can do this using
   an .htaccess file. You can also use a script ... Once you
   implement the 301 redirect, it may take some time for
   Googlebot to recrawl the pages, follow the redirects, and
   adjust the index.

  "If your pages are listed under both versions of the domain,
   don't use our URL removal tool to remove one version of the
   pages. Since the pages are at the same physical location for
   both versions of the domain, using the URL removal tool will
   remove both versions from the index.

  "We also suggest that you link to other pages of your site
   using absolute, rather than relative, links with the version
   of the domain you want to be indexed under ... and, wherever
   possible, make sure that other sites are linking to you using
   the version of the domain name that you prefer."

   Inside Google Sitemaps: A few questions from our Google Group:

The SEO toolset states:

  "301 redirect is the most efficient and Search Engine Friendly
   method for webpage redirection. It's not that hard to implement
   and it should preserve your search engine rankings..."

   How To Create Redirects

   Redirect Checker

Alternatively, you could use your robots.txt file to make sure that
crawlers can only reach one of your domains:

  "If you do create duplicate domains, we suggest using a
   robots.txt file to block our crawler from accessing all but
   your preferred one."

   Google Information for Webmasters:

I trust this provides the information that you are seeking. If not,
please request clarification.


Google Search Strategy:

google webmaster guidelines duplicate domains

"301 redirect"
kozg-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
Thank you for your help, I got to give you credit for giving me such a
great answer. I will be redirecting to just as you suggested. I'm in debt to this
service. Best wishes and thank you again.

Subject: Re: Similar domain names
From: eiffel-ga on 22 Jun 2006 08:02 PDT
Thanks kozg-ga, for your kind comments and tip.

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