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I've never heard of any penalty like this, but it would seem that this might trigger some sort of spam filter, or at least discount links to very little value. Any ideas? Much appreciated.
1. Get links outside your network first.
2. Slowly add some of the similar links.
3. Hopefully your sites aren't all built with the exact same url structure and template.
Mostly you would just not have all the sites ranking for the same terms, google would choose the best if they thought the sites were affiliated. Worse scenarios are possible though.
I wonder whether my question can be posted under this topic, yet the question is my client has good offline brand value,it prompted him to venture into online presence with four domains using his brand name, like..abcd.com, ab-cd.com, abc.net. all the four belong to different IPs. But the catch is all the three sites has similar content and links in all the pages. last week i observed that ab-cd.com is not found in the google index. My question is, is this Google penalization?
So your sites don't have the same links coming in to them and you still got dropped? The big question, were your sites already doing well in teh serps? We really need to figure this out...It is so much more cost effective(and easier) to get a reseller account or a shared account that allows multiple domains. But if Gbot is saying "these sites are all similar theme and are on the same account(and perhaps whois checks too)....most likely this guy is spamming of some sort"...we really need to know. This will really change the way I host my accounts and run my sites. If anyone else has experience with this, chime in then we could get some more empirical evidence and perhaps see if we can't find some correlation. I would be VERY suprised if G doesn't take into account the number of similar (though entirely unique) sites you have into their ranking scheme.
Two things about these sites- First, none of them are into the serps, they have a mere online presence, no visibility. Second, they have same inbound and out bound links. The sites started getting crawled very recently, I feel G bot caught these after it started regular crawls.
Sites were doing excellent over the Google & yahoo and msn. But once i got hit my 1st site within 3 month i got all of my 15 sites gone. The same way... 1st supplemental, then urls, then less # of urls and then no number of url and then blank.
This is really surprizing for me when i had the different structure for all of my sites, were not linking, were doing well & ranking high, then what wrong google found in sites. also my sites was having sufficient amount of content anf few links on a single page. All the domains belongs to different clients.
As far as the content and linking question - I can show you examples of many that do this with no problem whatsoever - you can also do a search here to find examples of many that think they were penalized for doing it (I dont agree or disagree with their opinions as I dont really know if that was the reason for their problems)
I also know people that are paranoid enough about it that they dont just get separate IPs - they get different C blocks or even different hosts to "disguise" their networks - not really sure if Google can get around that but Id be willing to bet if they really wanted to they could.
BTW - if your host wants $15 a month for each additional IP I would be looking for another host