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Two Domains Pointing to Same Site.

Will Google penalise me?



5:42 am on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

I have decided to buy 2 domains.

One is like #*$!-aaa.org and the other xxx-aaas.org

That is, the second word in the domain name is singular in first and its plural in the second.

I decided to use the latter as my primary website and the former, xxx-aaa.org, I have decided to get DOMAIN FORWARDING to be automatically forward to xxx-aaas.org

Now, will google think it is duplicate content and penalise both the sites?

Or, should I do some other techniques like domain pointing or something?

How about Meta-refresh page?

What about hosting 2 domains seperately but on the same server and uploading the same files to both of them?

Kindly help,
Stanley Lyndon


9:36 am on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi Stanley,

You should be all right with using the domain forwarding. Google will simply see the one address redirected to the other, so should only cache the main address.

Definitely don't upload the same content to both domains hosted seperately... Google will definitely see that as duplicate content.

When exchanging links or getting other sites to link to yours, you should only give them the main domain name (not the one that's being redirected). There is no point in having both URL's floating around if you're only going to be using the one.


2:08 pm on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks a lot. That was pretty helpful.

I have told the registrar to set the secondary domain as an alias and will only build links for the main domain.

Btw., if someone types alias.com/abcd.htm, will they be automatically redirected to maindomain.com/abcd.htm or will they just go to maindomain.com



2:51 pm on Nov 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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My client specialises in everything to do with holidays.
They have an established website, but have recently bought a selection of URLs to reflect their different business sectors e.g. XYZhotels.com XYZcarhire.com XYZflights.com etc.

They want to use these newly acquired domains for PPC and outdoor advertising etc.

They were going to put the content from the sections of the main site on to the respective domains, but I told them that would be seen as duplicate content.

I have advised them to put 301 redirects on these domains and point them to the respective pages on the main site.

Does the redirect need to have a delay? The reason I ask is because the PPC rules state that a page needs to exist at the display URL


9:42 am on Nov 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Lynx- it totally depends on how they set up the redirect. You should be able to ask them to set it up so that alias.com/abc.htm goes to maindomain.com/abc.htm.

Although they might say that you need to set it up yourself, in which case you'll need to start learning about something called mod_rewrite. But avoid it if you can!

"Despite the tons of examples and docs, mod_rewrite is voodoo. Damned cool voodoo, but still voodoo." (Brian Moore)


9:46 am on Nov 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Stronkie- good move on avoiding the duplicate content.

As far as I know, your redirect wouldn't need to have a delay. Putting a 301 in place doesn't mean that there is a page present at the URL. In fact, it means that even if there is a page there, it'll never get displayed, as the browser will be redirected.

I've got no experience with PPC, but I would imagine that as long as the URL is valid and doesn't result in a 404 not found error, it should be ok?


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