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Any risk with pointer site
pointer site and search results

Msg#: 4482305 posted 7:31 pm on Aug 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

1. Site abc.com scores very high with the search engines and includes a google site verification # behind the home page.
2. New domain xyz.com simply points to abc.com.

A click on xyz.com on a search results page would take visitors to a site that displays xyz.com in the navigation window but all the content of abc.com.

The marketing idea is to provide a second path to abc.com for prospects who are looking for additional choices or who don't like the abc moniker.

MY QUESTION: is there any risk of submitting the new domain to Google and Yahoo/Bing? I don't want to set off any red lights or sirens.



Msg#: 4482305 posted 8:37 pm on Aug 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

You're not using the technical terms so we have to guess exactly how this is done.

I'm suspecting xyz.com just contains a frame or iframe that wraps abc.com.

If this is the case, most search engines will know this and consider it as nothing new. It will get ignored.

So, it won't help in your ranking but should not cause any issues with it either.

You should also consider usability though. Wrapping websites in frames cause problems like making it impossible to bookmark pages.


Msg#: 4482305 posted 9:54 pm on Aug 6, 2012 (gmt 0)

Thank you for a prompt reply.

Well, the term used by the hosting provider is "a pointer site." In any event the questioned was answered by Yahoo Faqs, which thinks little of the idea.

So I unpointed the xyz domain and will create a simple version of abc.com, with a link to abc for visitors who want the big picture.

This way, I have to unique sites that accomplish the purpose.

[edited by: mademetop at 1:57 am (utc) on Aug 7, 2012]
[edit reason] No personal site names, please [/edit]


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Msg#: 4482305 posted 8:31 am on Aug 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

That is certainly the better move. I would also recommend making the hassle of creating at least 20 to 30 pages of related content and submit it to a few directories and exchange some link, so basically just make a nice little website. It is likely to be worth it.


Msg#: 4482305 posted 9:49 am on Aug 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

two unique sites is a good solution


Msg#: 4482305 posted 4:36 pm on Aug 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

Thank you.

The new xyz.com site is a baby version of the original, which contains only ten pages.

I submitted it about a week ago and it already turned up on page 3 of a google search and page 2 via Bing. It was especially created to respond to a slightly different set of search terms in order to compete with another new business. The original site is found several times with Google -- beginning on p.1 -- and on p.1 of Bing/Yahoo.

I used to be much more active in web development, copywriting, and advertising, but that's all behind me. Except for looking after a couple of customers' sites, I focus on the forensic real estate business.

[edited by: engine at 4:53 pm (utc) on Aug 16, 2012]
[edit reason] See WebmasterWorld TOS [/edit]

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