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Effect of Mirror Site Will this loose search ranking? KenS
Sorry for a very basic question.
If somebody in another country mirrors my site - an exact copy no changes, just a different url - will or could this get my original site penalised. Two identical sites might look odd to Google.
I'm not sure if a mirror could increase or decrease traffic.
Yes, you will probably be penalized when they discover it. g1smd
Bad news. One site will get wiped out.
Google chooses which one.
Set up a robots.txt on the mirror telling all spiders not to index it. g1smd
Then submit the URL of that robots.txt file to the Google URL console to make sure that they really got the message. KenS
Thanks for the info. Just to check ....
If the mirror is located at:
(this is the actual .format and directory format)
then robots.txt should be:
I have checked the format of the file with a validator, so I just need to check my interpretation.
The robots.txt file should be: User-agent: * Disallow: /mirror/mysite/
robots.txt file should be uploaded to: http://asight.something.org/robots.txt KenS
Thanks again - glad I asked! moftary
A question in mind which I think nobody has an answer for. What about if the mirror site is out of my hand? Someone mirrors my website as is (not scraper). Should I in this case put a hand below my cheek and wait for google to choose which site to wipe out?