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Msg#: 230 posted 2:53 pm on Apr 10, 2001 (gmt 0)

Hi everyone,

I know I've seen advice about this topic all over the place and there are some good threads throughout this forum, but I'm still not sure where I can find more information on what to do here.

Here's my predicament.

I have a client who owns 5 different domain names right now. Currently, she has them all set up on one account but pointing to different directories/sites.

But now she wants to point them all to her main site, as well as any other domain names she decides to purchase in the future.

From what I've read though, pointing multiple domains to the same site (all using the same IP) is not a good thing as far as search engines are concerned.

She already has two of those domains/sites in the search engines. If she now has those domains pointed to her main domain, will that have any repercussions on domains that were already submitted to search engines before?

I'm just trying to figure out how to advise her what to do with all her domains and what would be best for her.

Would it be better to use sub-domains instead of multiple domains pointing to one directory/site?

Thanks in advance.



Msg#: 230 posted 2:31 am on Apr 12, 2001 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WmW, Fine Wine.

If "pointing to" means the same content on more than one domain, then yes, that is spam.

If "pointing to" means you have a domain with cloaked content for different keywords which then have a javascript redirect to the same page, then that is a doorway page, considered by many to be spam.

If there is unique content on the different domains and all domains have the same theme, then that could be a way to optimize.

Subdomains could also work as a way to optimize, although, I have a difficult time getting Yahoo to accept subdomains in different categories.

I guess my question back to you is "Can you describe what you mean by "pointing to"? Some more details would help a lot.



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Msg#: 230 posted 4:05 pm on Apr 14, 2001 (gmt 0)


Thanks for the welcome. Okay, let me see if I can explain this a little better. It can really get confusing sometimes :-)

My client right now has 5 different registered domain names. They are all on one hosting account (using the same IP), except going to different directories/ sites.

domain1.com opens up domain1.com and domain2.com opens up domain2.com.

Now, she wants to point all 5 of her different domain names to the same site, so that when someone goes to domain2.com, they get domain1.com.

If she does it this way, all of her domains will be pointing to the same site/index page with the same content.

I've been trying to research sub-domains and using multiple domains on one account, but so far, I've seen a lot of things that conflict each other and I'm not really sure how to advise my client now.

I don't want her to get accused of spamming the search engines if she does it the way she wants to.

She was wondering if multiple domains pointing to the same site would work, or if she should go with sub-domains or something else.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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