macneil - 6:19 pm on Mar 3, 2003 (gmt 0)
"Your sites will never show up again as they shouldn't since you directly violated Googles TOS."
Thanks for your input mrguy but with all due respect I was not attempting to cheat anybody. I had 50 pages of how to articles on each website that were EXTREMELY helpful and informative for lots of people. I got dozens of emails thanking me for my efforts. I duplicated the websites so that they could show up in different regions.
In other words let's say you make a great website for "resorts in the state of Florida" and it has a front page with links to local Florida resort owners and links to their websites. In addition you have a whole bunch of helpful articles for travelers in general like "what to bring with you on a vacation" "first aid tips" "tips on how to rent a car" etc OK then lets say that website is great and you sell some ads on it.
Then why is it wrong to make a duplicate of that website for Texas and call it "resorts in Texas". The index page for Texas would be vastly different than the Florida website but since the interior pages (the "travel tips" and "travel how-tos" are applicable for Texas and do not need to be changed. People should be able to go to these different website for different states and find them readily in search engines. They are helpful as they create revenue, they provide lots of VERY HELPFUL information and they are not intended to mislead anyone anywhere about anything. I made one website that worked and thought "why not make more of these for other regions?" I am not spamming, misleading, tricking, or trying to do anything other than to make a living and lots of sponsors appreciate the websites (they still do EXTREMELY well in all non-Google search engines) and travelers write me regularly with thank you emails for the vast research I have gone through for the how-to articles and the time I spent getting authorization to use these various articles.
At the time I built these websites I did not know there was such a thing as "pr" or spamming or whatever mrguy and Google assumes I have done to cheat. I am just a web designer trying to make a living. I created a very popular website for one region and don't understand why I cannot do the same for other regions without having to completely change EVERYTHING for each one. Pages like "first aid tips for travelers" should be the same in Texas as they are in Florida so I am DEEPLY offended when mrguy says my websites should be banned for life.