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Competitor ranking with 2 domain names and exact same website



6:21 pm on Jan 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

One of our main competitor is ranking on Google with the same website but with 2 different domain names.

The first domain name www.domain1.tld is the current website against which we are competiting since a few years. A couple of months ago, another domain name www.domain2.tld arrived in the SERPs with the exact same content, but hosted on another server. A few weeks ago, both domain name are pointing to the same IP address, and still have exactly the same content. We reported them to google, but still both are showing up in the SERPS. Plus, site: and link: commands are showing the same result.

I would like to know if any of you have already experienced this problem. Why Google does not penalize both websites for duplicated content? Is that a new spam method that Google cannot handle yet?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!


4:43 am on Jan 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I would not expect this to last -- Google is making some major changes right now and all kinds of strange things are popping up. But this would kill their results if it became the rule rather than the exception. A few weeks is not a long time.


5:33 am on Jan 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I don't know eh...

I've seen this for a while now with one particular search. I reported this a while ago. They were killing Yahoo with their technique and I reported it on WWW and a Yahoo search dude asked me to point him to it. Google...still nothing.

It does seem to have gotten better, they had 3 domains in the top 10 and now have 2. Literally copies of each other, with some slight changes, domain name is the same except one hyphen and the extensions are .com and the other .co.uk.

I hope so cause it isn't right.


6:22 am on Jan 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I saw that very often and working pretty well, it should be easy to flag though.
I recently came across a site selling the cheapest textbooks and has a mirror site the cheapest book price, almost identical, even the domain name is almost the same and both sites do well, the older much better than the later but still...fine PR and probably some rankings I guess

I sometimes wonder why GG just doesn't kill these.


6:05 pm on Jan 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks to all for your contributions.

After checking on BigDaddy DC, it seems that the original domain name has been removed and that the second one is now the "official" one. Maybe it was just a technique to change the domain name and not lose the SEO work done on the first domain.

I wished that google banned them both, but that is not the case, so the war is not over ;-) But as you said, everthing takes time on google, so I'll be patient and watch what's going on.

Thanks again!


9:20 pm on Jan 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I think this problem is more prevalent than the original post or subsequent ones suggest.

I think you will find that several very high profile sites offering comparison shopping dominate the SERPs for product-specific queries. Enter a model number, or brand and model of any old thing with a cord or battery and you'll see two or three prominent sites over and over.

One has three domains, each with essentially identical content. The other has numerous sub-domains, again with identical content. And some have affiliated their identical content, so many other sites pop up, too.

Wouldn't it be lovely if G could get this sorted out so that sites that provide different information about products could get a shot? (No sour grapes here :-)


9:58 pm on Jan 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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this works well with Yahoo..yahoo is spam paradise unless u recip link..yahoo consider recip links the worst thing u can do....but seriuos spam gets a free ride....this never lasts in google....you always see these sort of things pop up...they never last....

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