Msg#: 4618601 posted 2:19 pm on Oct 23, 2013 (gmt 0)
My webmaster is currently working on my website. He downloaded our live website and uploaded it on his demo server to work on it.
I typed the demo server web address in google site: mywebmaster.demoserver.com and I just realized he didn't block google from indexing it and we now have our website on his demo server indexed by google at this address : mywebmaster.example.com.com/ourwebsite
I was wondering if that can hurt our seo or not ?
[edited by: brotherhood_of_LAN at 2:27 pm (utc) on Oct 23, 2013] [edit reason] exemplified domain [/edit]
Msg#: 4618601 posted 9:13 pm on Oct 23, 2013 (gmt 0)
Essentially your site has been scraped. Although some say scrapers don't hurt your ranks in Google, they do. Get your designer to block the demo site and ask him/her to remove from Google's index with their webmaster tools account.
Msg#: 4618601 posted 9:30 pm on Oct 23, 2013 (gmt 0)
Regardless of what Google might say about duplicate content and filtering out dupes, I've seen it tank rankings on a number of occasions. I've been involved in a number of 'help! everything's gone wrong!' scenarios where the answer was a dupe copy of the website somewhere (either the client set it up with another developer, or on another domain, or a .co.uk instead of the .com or it was a dev site that wasn't blocked etc etc).
As others have said, do not take that risk. It's SO avoidable, and SO not worth it.