| 11:06 am on Sep 3, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Same template wouldn't normally be a problem. If you look at wordpress sites, there are hundreds of thousands of sites that use the same template. For example, Atahualpa theme has been downloaded 992,350 times :)
The image with same anchor text... I would be slightly worried about this. Can you tell us more? What kind of site does it link to? Is it your site? Are these two sites interlinked? What's in your template footer? Are there any "dodgy" links there?
Another possible worry is "same linking strategy". Search engines are very good at detecting footprints. Besides, how can two sites have the same linking strategy? That's wrong! Is the content pretty much on the same topic? If yes, do you really need two sites?
| 5:41 am on Sep 4, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Yes Adder. Both sites are same niche and I just placed my Website A Link on Website B Home page. Also i have used same image alt text with in my website and also getting links for same anchor text through Link Building from unique websites. I have not placed any "Dodgy" Links on footer of both websites. "Same linking Strategy" means internal link structure of my websites remains same, also building back links for both websites from a same website.
| 7:17 am on Sep 4, 2012 (gmt 0)|
|Same template wouldn't normally be a problem. If you look at wordpress sites, there are hundreds of thousands of sites that use the same template. For example, Atahualpa theme has been downloaded 992,350 times :) |
But still it doesn't mean that template is not an issue. If you have specific examples of two or more websites with different content but with same templates and that both rank well, then I'd be happy to look at them. Because I think "unique" content also means the structure, if your structure is not duplicated throughout the web then you are less likely to be a farm...
| 9:10 am on Sep 4, 2012 (gmt 0)|
|Both sites are same niche and I just placed my Website A Link on Website B Home page |
Do these sites offer a substantially unique user experience? If I search for "your niche" and then happen to visit your site A and then site B - will I have learned something new? if the answer is no, amalgamate both sites into one. Pick the stronger one and put all the effort into that site. Interlinking two sites that are the same niche and that Google knows are owned by the same person, is a very bad idea.
If you really need to interlink two of your sites, use nofollow attribute.
|building back links for both websites from a same website |
Not good. Definitely not good! It's only a matter of time before Google will establish a footprint. If you concentrate on one site per niche, you'll find that your budget goes further and you're able to attract better quality links.
|If you have specific examples |
I don't have specific examples but I have seen sites rank well using very popular (and very dull) wordpress themes. My main issue in the OP would be similar content and interlinking. Changing a theme on one of the sites wouldn't solve the issue in this case. They would still be considered manipulative.
| 4:27 pm on Nov 5, 2012 (gmt 0)|
I don't think having two sites with the same template are an issue that you should worry about or all those template site sellers would be shooting the little guys in the foot.
I'm not sure I understand what's going on with the same image, because I don't know what function this image is playing, but from what I gather you have two sites with the same keyword target and link strategy competing with each other for search visibility. Bad idea. Pick on and go full force into creating one awesome niche site.
| 6:26 am on Dec 11, 2012 (gmt 0)|
The same template in the same industry is in fact an issue.
| 5:02 pm on Dec 22, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Can you elaborate? Did it hurt the original site or just the second site added?