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Is this duplicate content?

 6:54 pm on Jul 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

Okay, I am going nuts here. As I've posted before, my site has been dropped from Google due to (I have assumed) a certain SEO company.
HOWEVER, in doing research I am now finding out things about "duplicate content" that could be also causing problems.

In a nutshell, I own ONE company. ONE website. A few years ago I also purchased a different domain and had planned on making another site. I never did and had my webhost point that 2nd domain to my original domain/site.
I never heard it was wrong and it's been this way for years. During this time we always did well with G.

The spelling for our domain is often mispelled and about 3 months ago we were finally able to grab the domain with the alternate spelling. I then had my webhost point this to our main site.

When you type in these two other sites, you are taken to our main site but the URL that was typed in remains. e.g., our main site is "siteone.com." if someone types "sitetwo.com" or "sitethree.com" in their address bar, they are taken to "siteone.com" but the name sitetwo or sitethree remains in the bar.




 7:09 pm on Jul 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

no one knows for sure, but IMO, I dont think so.


 11:22 pm on Jul 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

question - why is the incorrect type-in url maintained? Are you sure that your webhost didn't duplicate siteone on the other url's?


 12:39 am on Jul 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

without spelling out my domain which i think is forbidden let's say this:
the word: "millennium" is part of my domain. some people spell it with 2 "n's". Actually that is the correct spelling.
But many, many people spell it with 1 "n". Our actual company name is with 2 n's.
I am in a very competitive market and belive me, some of my competitors would have liked nothing better than to forward one of those to their own domain.


 3:50 am on Jul 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

What's showing up, 301 or 302 for the other domains? It can be a problem if it's 302.

And what did you use, it wasn't "masked" redirection like some domain registrars have available, is it?


 4:02 am on Jul 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

The only way to be sure is to have a seperate webspace for all the domains that don't have content. Put a robots.txt file to exclude them from G. Have that page redirect to your main site.


 6:03 am on Jul 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have a similar problem. My site was banned by Yahoo.
We believe it was because we have two domains. Our site is www.mysite.com and we purchased www.my-site.com because some users assumed our name had a hyphen.

The my-site.com appears to be duplicate of mysite.com but our website host says:

"According to what's listed in the servers here, my-site.com is the same website as mysite.com.
It's not a copy - but it's the same identical website -- just a different addresses.
From what you're telling me, you want my-site.com to point to an empty userspace with just a pointer to mysite.com.
You can easily set this up through your Registrar as a domain name point (forward)."

Does this make sense. Do you think this is why Yahoo has penalized us. We have an excellent website that gets excellent traffic from Google.

What should I do to my-site.com? Should I get rid of it?

Thank you for any help.


 7:30 am on Jul 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hi Getit.
Presuming your "my-site.com" has no links to it or only a few,I would do as your host suggests and just do a straight forwarding of the domain to your "mysite.com" from your registrar.Its hard to see,though. that your site has been penalised for hosting the same content on both your domains.One should be penalised but not your main one.


 7:33 am on Jul 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>You can easily set this up through your Registrar as a domain name point (forward)."

cabbie, most of the redirects/forwarding from registrars are 302's. I tried one just to see what would happen and the domain that was pointed turned up with the content of the page it pointed to.


 10:51 am on Jul 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Marcia,i don't see the harm in this if they are both his sites and the new one is not in danger of hijacking the old one.
I canot see the problem.If Getit or Mfmikeb new domains had its own pr and backlinks pointing to them,then there could conceivably be a problem.
However,I bow to your greater knowledge so if I am misunderstanding something then I apologise for puttting people on the wrong path.:(

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