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Domain Variants (.ORG, .NET) got picked up before .COM
Search engines showing descriptive listings for variants other than .COM
visca

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 11240 posted 1:57 am on Mar 16, 2006 (gmt 0)


Just launched a new affiliate program / adsense site, very anxious to see how it pans out over the months to come.

Anyway, one problem I am experiencing, is that most of the search engines picked up my site in the .NET, .ORG, etc displaying the results with the meta information. However, the .COM is coming up as a search result with only the domain showing and no meta information.

I was concerned that perhaps the engines thought these domains were all "duplicate content" so I had all of the extension varients of my domain parked, hoping the search engines would find the other domains parked and realize that the .COM is what its really looking for.

Any advice as to whether this is the correct approach to resolving this issue? I take it having all the domain varients pointing to the site wasn't a grand idea. Does this fix it over time, and how long from your experience?

Many thanks!

 

webdoctor

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 11240 posted 3:36 pm on Mar 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

I was concerned that perhaps the engines thought these domains were all "duplicate content" so I had all of the extension varients of my domain parked, hoping the search engines would find the other domains parked and realize that the .COM is what its really looking for.

Do you actually visitors to see a parking page when they type in www.example.NET? Surely you want them to end up on your .COM site?

Any advice as to whether this is the correct approach to resolving this issue?

It might be better to set up 301 Moved Permanently redirects for all your example.net and example.org and send the visitors and bots to the relevant page on example.com

There are many many threads here which deal with how to do this. Here is just one of them [webmasterworld.com]

I take it having all the domain varients pointing to the site wasn't a grand idea.

Correct

visca

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 11240 posted 4:13 pm on Mar 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

First though, if I look at my hosting providers options (1&1 MS Hosting), it only allows "forwarding" of the domain to a URL. Would that produce the same desired results as the "redirect" option you mentioned in this case?

Secondly, since the .COM search result for my site looks like this (see below) in Google, what is the sort of anticipated time it will take to resolve its self or steps I need to do to further help Google understand I want the .COM to "come back to life"?

When I type the domain into Google I get this, no description or title data:
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www.widgets.com/
Similar pages
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Thanks again for your reply webdoctor!

webdoctor

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 11240 posted 5:10 pm on Mar 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

First though, if I look at my hosting providers options (1&1 MS Hosting), it only allows "forwarding" of the domain to a URL. Would that produce the same desired results as the "redirect" option you mentioned in this case?

Probably not.

Your server needs to send the correct status code, in this case "301 Moved Permanently". The content is no longer available on www.example.NET and .ORG, and the only way to tell the bots this is either either by sending an error page (404 Not Found or 410 Gone) or a 30x redirect.

Secondly, since the .COM search result for my site looks like this (see below) in Google, what is the sort of anticipated time it will take to resolve its self or steps I need to do to further help Google understand I want the .COM to "come back to life"?

Fix your redirects. Has Googlebot spidered your .com site yet?

You could contact Google and request reinclusion [google.com] but IMHO it's unlikely to speed things up.

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