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What to do with Additional Domain Names?

   
5:31 pm on Nov 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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During the early phases of my business development, we got a number of different domain names based on our location and brand.

For example:

WidgetNewYork.com
WidgetNYC.com
NYCWidget.com
NewYorkWidget.com

It was finally decided that we would go with WidgetNewYork.com.

What, if anything, should be done with the other domains? I know I can have them all point to site and then redirect to WIDGETNewYork.com. Are there any issues with this, and is there anything else that should be done?

Thank you in advance.
7:44 pm on Nov 5, 2010 (gmt 0)



I know I can have them all point to site and then redirect to WIDGETNewYork.com.


Depending who your registrar is you should be able to url forward from their control panel, it may be free or a small charge, job done, no issues.

Just ensure both with and without www is forwarded.
2:32 pm on Nov 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Is it good for SEO if you point many domains to the same content ?

I don't think so.
3:40 pm on Nov 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I guess really that was my original question... but if they are redirect to the main domain, would that be good or bad?
1:57 pm on Nov 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Just get the other domains redirected to the main one, should be fine.
3:25 pm on Nov 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Redirected as in 301 .htaccess redirect or 'forwarded' from the domain name provider?

Is one better than the other? Are there SEO implications either way?
4:30 pm on Nov 17, 2010 (gmt 0)



Redirected as in 301 .htaccess redirect or 'forwarded' from the domain name provider?


I always url forward it from my name registrar's control panel, usually most of them are very easy to do however I have obviously not had experience with all of them!

Is one better than the other? Are there SEO implications either way?


I perceive the url forward as easier since it is an easy log-in process for me and I can then forward that name to any of my other sites or specific url if required.

For a totally unproven reason I "feel" the search engines just may see this as a better method.

I've had no problems nor SEO implications doing this in years.
 

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