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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!
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.
I sometimes wonder why GG just doesn't kill these.
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.
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 :-)