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What are these? Google Clones?
Does Google Own them?

 3:52 pm on Jul 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi Everybody especially Googleguy

Please throw some light on the following. While browsing, I found these websites:


(This is owned by Google as per whois and also has the following DNS)

Name Server:NS2.GOOGLE.COM
Name Server:NS1.GOOGLE.COM
Name Server:NS3.GOOGLE.COM

Similarly, I found


(This is owned by Michael Oppenheimer jimmyjoe@rogers.com and DNS pointed to

Name Server:


Similar stuff for www.Ho.org & www.Millerchip.net &

What's this all? Google Clones or what?



 2:13 pm on Jul 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

Please throw some light on the following. While browsing, I found these websites:


I just got a Google referral from this domain. The SERPs matched those on www.google.com.

Anyone have any ideas what this is?


 3:51 pm on Jul 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

Could be someone's attempt at getting backlinks or spam... although its a massive breach of copyright I suspect.

If not that then it could be some domains that Google are testing?

All seems very odd.


 4:10 pm on Jul 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

Google has purchased loads of domains that are anything like google.com or common mis-spellings. The Guugle.org is owned by Google.

The other domains, it's hard to say. They just have their A records pointing to a Google.com IP. This could simply because the domain is unused, and the owner wants to send the traffic accessing the domain to somewhere useful. There could be a more sinister purpose.

Once Google accesses a domain and finds that it's actually an alias domain of another website (through duplicate content detection), the alias like domain will inherit the PR display of its parent. Pulling up a backlink query for the domain will show backlinks to the parent site. The parent site is considered to be the one which has the most inbound links.

The domain owner can then change the A record to their own content and be left with a false PR display. In this case, PR10.

The is no enhancement on the website's SERP listing because the PR displayed is actually fake. I'm sure Google will fix this problem shortly.


 6:52 pm on Jul 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

Entropy - Have you see this being used?


 8:54 pm on Jul 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

There is a discussion about it here:
and here:

A legitimate example of its use would be x.com, which is an alias for paypal. Check out the backlinks. I won't post any others, but its use is widespread, and mostly legit. The other people don't get any gain out of it anyway, other than having a high toolbar PR for a few weeks (or however long it takes Google to recognize the domain is no longer an alias).

You people who think it will increase your real PR, you're wrong. Stop doing it.


 9:56 pm on Jul 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

In the backlinks for ho.org - I found a page in portugese that suggests that the site used to be a worldwide directory of health organizations.

"OMS – Organização Mundial de Saúde"

Maybe the host, in order to prevent someone grabbing the domain and placing changed content thought it was better to point it to G?


 11:22 pm on Jul 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

> PR displayed is actually fake

Good if you're peddling links for sale kinda idea? Or is my thinking flawed?


 11:27 pm on Jul 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

i'd say it's just sites not yet launched to tell the truth

domain registration requests an IP to forward to - you don't have one yet - so you put in the first valid IP that comes to mind... oh yet... google's

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