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11:48 am on Jun 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Question 1 - I have the principles of a new venture debating domain names. This led me to a question I would like to answer for myself.

Say I have a domain - widgetswork.com - this is the domain name to my site.

Can I have a domain name that points to a page INSIDE my site?

Say I have a domain called widgetsthatareblue.com that would point to an internal page on my widgetswork.com site.

Is this a recommended strategy? At all, somewhat, used often. Bad?

Question 2
- Are multiple domains pointing to one domain frowned upon? Could widgetsthatareblue.com point to widgetswork.com? I know it can - but does it hurt search engine position? How many times is considered abusive? I won't do it if it I will get dinged in search engines for it. But may have an opportunity to point 3 or 4 names to one.

Quick answer is appreciated! For the sake of peace amongst the principles!
12:00 pm on June 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It is the job of the server to accept URL requests and map those to folder and files inside the server and fetch the content. You can point any URL request at any piece of content.

Pointing multiple URLs at one piece of content leads to Duplicate Content problems. This has been an issue in the past, where Google would pick one URL to list in the SERPs, and it might not be the one that you wanted. The recommendation was to redirect non-canonical requests to the canonical URL.

Things are changing, even within the last few days: [webmasterworld.com...]
2:47 pm on June 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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So - regarding Question 2.

You are saying that point one domain to another can cause issues, so the redirect was part of that problem? Or a fix to that problem? Is this a 301 redirect? (Pardon my lack of knowledge - I am learning)...

In the case I am talking about - the second domain would also point to the home page - NOT to a page within the site.

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