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Are keyword rich URL's useful

 6:04 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

I have registered several keyword rich URL's for clients and am currently setting A records to point these new domains to an existing site. Does anyone know if this is considered spam by search engines? Does anyone know if is beneficial?



 6:08 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld tgeye,

I am not sure what kind of redirect you are setting but if it is a 301 then you should be fine. Are you looking for type-in traffic? You will not be able to use the new domains in the search engines if they are just aliases for another site. SE will consider them mirrors and remove them from the index.

here is a post about useful domains.


 7:20 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

When you set an A record it points the domain to the IP of the "real" site. The name in the address bar is the keyword rich URL but it brings up the actual site.

www.keyword-rich-url.com would point to and that IP is www.companyname.com. The address bar never says www.companyname.com. It appears that www.keyword-rich-url.com is the site.


 7:53 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

>>Does anyone know if this is considered spam by search engines?

If your plan is to make these domains available to spiders so that the same site gets indexed multiple times, then yes it would be considered spam. It also won't work very well.


 8:15 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thanks for your incite. I guess the idea is to submit the keyword rich URL to the engines in hopes that it will boost rankings. I would guess that over time both URL's would be indexed.

I've heard keyword rich URL's can help but that was a while ago. Is it an outdated idea?


 8:17 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

No they do help because your off the page factors, link text, contain keyword rich text.


 8:25 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

But they don't help in the way you are talking about. Unless you are willing to go out and try and develop separate inbound links for each domain, you won't have much luck. And if you do do that, only one of them will end up getting displayed in any given SERP.


 8:26 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

I guess I wasn't clear before, I made it sound like I was purchasing multiple keyword rich URL's for one site when in fact I just get one with the most relevant keyword to the company. Then I submit the site to the search engines with the keyword rich URL. The companies main URL would probably still be indexed in time so that's where I'm conflicted. Is this considered mirroring?

So would you say you do recommend using this tactic?


 8:33 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

This is off the subject but does anyone know where Overture is getting there results for their keyword counts? Is it searches done within Overture's engine or is it a combination of their affiliates?


 8:35 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

mirror = 2 or more different domains 1 web site. You want to only have 1 domain for each page of content. If you have a domain you want it to redirect fully to the other domain. Meaning that if you type in redirect domain.com in the address bar it becomes domain.com.


 8:36 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

AFAIK, It is a combination of their affiliates.


 8:45 pm on Feb 11, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thank you very much for your help WebGorilla and Korkus2000. I appreciate your time.

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