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I have 2 sites about a similar subject and I want to link them.
Could Google find a problem with it?
Perfection




msg:410648
 1:52 am on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

I have an "authority" site about widgets. It covers red widgets, blue widgets, green widgets, and more.

Recently though I came up with a unique idea specifically regarding red widgets only, and I felt the best way to bring this idea to life is by creating a second new site for it.

For those keeping score at home, I already have a site about all things widgets. This includes red widgets. I have now created a second site specifically about red widgets.

What I want to do now is put a link on the original authority widgets site pointing to my brand new red-widgets only site.

While I know it makes a ton of logical sense, and I know it makes a ton of sense from my visitor's point of view, I'm wondering if will Google be okay with it?

I'd be linking two sites I own (same whois info) together, and they are similar in subject matter. Is there anything Google could possibly dislike about this?

Thanks in advance.

 

Quadrille




msg:410649
 4:17 pm on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

While I know it makes a ton of logical sense, and I know it makes a ton of sense from my visitor's point of view, I'm wondering if will Google be okay with it?

I'd be linking two sites I own (same whois info) together, and they are similar in subject matter. Is there anything Google could possibly dislike about this?

I'm not sure that it makes any logical sense at all, to be honest.

What do your visitors gain by having to go from widgets.com to red-widgets.com?

What do you gain by having to double your marketing effort?

What does Google gain by having to sift through two sites, looking for duplicate content?

And therein lies the rub; if the new site was thingies.com, and they work with widgets, then I follow your logic - and so, I think, would Google.

But unless you are removing red widgets from widgets.com to red-widgets.com, then you may have dupicate content issues compounded by 'link farm' issues. There's no evidence to suggest that Google really cares who owns a site (you could own two sites and have completely different whois info).

And there's little evidence to say Google would mind a bit of reciprocal linking - on a small, intimate, candle-lit basis ;)

But once you add duplicate content issues, the Intiminate Deal For Two may lead to marital breakdown.

Translation: It looks like red-widgets.com is there to promote widgets.com, and is not really serving your visitors at all - from Google's perspective. Much better to go for widgets.com/red-widgets/ - and why not?

Perfection




msg:410650
 8:32 pm on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Everything you said makes sense... however I just didn't do a good enough job of explaining my situation.

I've been sitting here for 20 minutes trying to come up with an accurate example... and (sadly) this is the best I've come up with:

Pretend some guy has a web site about diet and exercise called domain.com. It covers many different subjects (AKA widgets) such as bodybuilding, nutrition, stretching, jogging, and weight loss (AKA the red widget).

Then one day this guy invents Weight Watchers.

He then creates weightwatchers.com instead of domain.com/weightwatchers for many reasons, one specifically being branding.

Both sites will end up being about red wigdets (weight loss).

This is similar to my situation. Does this explain it any better?

arrowdevelopment




msg:410651
 9:32 pm on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

It sounds like a perfectly good strategy to me.

You have an informational website

and a webpage for a new related product/service.

I would move the new site so it isn't hosted within the same class C IP range though and then link away. I wouldn't keep them on the same server though. This seems like a legitimate move that won't draw the ire of the ever feared "Big G".

any one else agree?

Quadrille




msg:410652
 11:04 pm on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

Doesn't sound so bad with your later clarification; the test will still be the level of content duplication.

I really wouldn't worry about hosting details; SEs don't give a monkey's for that.

They can spot duplicate content on different continents. Best not try to fool them, then you won't feel bad about failing ;)

On the other hand, they also don't worry about two sites focussing on the same topic; that's never a problem. Just avoid duplication and google will be your friend, with no need for elaborate deception or anything else.

Go for it!

Perfection




msg:410653
 11:18 pm on Jun 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

I must have done a terrible job of explaining this the first time. There really is no duplicate content. All of the content on each site is completely unique and written from scratch.

It's just that they are about the same subject, so they both use certain words and phrases a lot. Sticking with the example from before, it's no different than The Atkins Diet site VS Weight Watcher's site. Same subject with very similar content.

That's pretty much the difference (and similarity) between my two sites.

Quadrille




msg:410654
 6:48 pm on Jun 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

It sounds absolutely fine :)

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