Welcome to Webmasterworld and thanks for posting.
>>would either option trick the search engines into thinking that there are 5 similar webzines on the net (as they have seperate IPs).
I don't think you're going to trick the SE's with this strategy. What I would suggest is make each different domain have enough unique content to stand on it's own merits. Cross link the domains and you should be on track to accomplishing what you want with the 5 domains.
Search engines are pretty good about filtering out duplicate content, so unique content rich and keyword rich domains pointing to your main webzine is necessary if you want to use all 5 domains as "doorway domains".
I read many times about filtering out the duplicate pages, but it is not all true. I changed the url forming recently, and yesterday i discovered that I have all pages, perfectly identical, indexed twice. Gives me opportunity to research the algo a bit, see why some of them rank better than other (the only difference being the url)... So my advice is: give it a try!
>(the only difference being the url)... So my advice is: give it a try!
Penalties for duplicate content don't always involve kicking out one or both of the pages in question. The difference in rankings between the two probably doesn't have anything to do with the URL's. Quite often you will find that the duplicate page will simply get buried in the listings. Eliminating one of the dupes will usually result in the remaining page climbing a bit.
Also, one of the URLs probably has more inbound links than the other one.
I wouldn't recommend pointing more than one domain name at the same content. The main reason being because of link popularity. I presume that you would not actively seek external links to any of the misspelt domain names, so with no external links it is unlikely that these domains would rank well for any competitive phrases. And worse still if any engine does remove duplicates they could remove a page from your real domain and keep the corresponding page from one of your other domains (This has happened to me with Fast).
I would go with your 1st suggestion or take it a stage further as eljefe3 suggested. Build some unique content and link to you main domain. Don't forget to use your important keywords in the links.
Bit late for this thread, but...I'm somewhat confused about "pointing". Is pointing now just another term for linking? From what I understand,pointing can be done by linking, or by using a re-direct. With re-directs increasingly being considered a no-no, that seems to just leave linking. Any views?
Pointing in this context is also sometimes called "parking".
When you register a domain name, you firstly use a DNS (Domain Nameserver) to assign that domain to an IP address.
Secondly the Webserver on the machine with that IP address is configured to map this domain to a specific directory on that machine.
Absolute is talking about configuring the webserver so that each of the domains is mapped to the same directory. This will mean that each domain will return the same content.
eg. www.domain1.com will have identical content to www.domain2.com .
Hope this answers your question.
Thanks Mark, but isn't identical content another no-no? Is"pointing" now becoming increasingly hard to do?