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member22

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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 ?

Thank you,

[edited by: brotherhood_of_LAN at 2:27 pm (utc) on Oct 23, 2013]
[edit reason] exemplified domain [/edit]

 

netmeg

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Msg#: 4618601 posted 2:52 pm on Oct 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

Well, yea.

I'd get him to block it as soon as possible. The first thing I do with dev sites is put a password on it. If his demo server in in GWT, then he should maybe take a look there too.

member22

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Msg#: 4618601 posted 5:25 pm on Oct 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

Netmeg

Thank you for your reply but what can happen if he doesn't block it ?

netmeg

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Msg#: 4618601 posted 6:01 pm on Oct 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

Lots of duplicate content. There's all kinds of ramifications from that (search here for duplicate content)

Basically, if he won't block it, then find another developer.

member22

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Msg#: 4618601 posted 7:00 pm on Oct 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

Aren't duplicate content issue when the domain name is the same?

In my case the domain name is different, there is mydomain.com and the developer.com/mydomain

netmeg

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Msg#: 4618601 posted 8:06 pm on Oct 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

No, duplicate content means duplicate content, regardless of domain. Seriously, get that other site blocked.

mrengine



 
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.

FranticFish

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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.

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