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Also, say Google bans our sites. My boss says he'll just tell them they can't do that, and then have them put back on. (He's very much used to getting his own way.) He can't do that, right? Once it's gone, it's gone?
I'm beginning to be a little more concerned, because we have really good rankings in all major search engines. We are very competitive with our ppc listings (number 1 in all of them.) I've been reading other threads about competitors sending in complaints to Google, etc. Should I even worry about this? Or let the company deal with it on it's own?
I've been reading other threads about competitors sending in complaints to Google, etc. Should I even worry about this? Or let the company deal with it on it's own?
Oh ... I would worry if I were you! Unless of course your job doesn't depend upon the success and sales produced by the site. Your boss needs to rethink his stance. Duplicate and triplicate content is certainly a good way to get your site banned.
Competitors love guys like your boss! ;)
Does that make sense? (Sorry, I forgot to mention that in my first post. Does that change anyone's answers?)
Is all the content on all three sites identical? If so, no it doesn't change my answer. If some of it is different, are you just using the new urls as subdirectories and linked from the main site?
Please clarify what it is you are being asked to do.
So, www.truck.com lists all of the truck pages from www.vehicle.com, such as ford, toyota, dodge, etc. Omitting all other types of vehicles. Same for www.cars.com, except using all of the car information from www.vehicle.com.
Each of the sites is a seperate domain name, therefore a seperate site. Does this make sense?
He is a brave man thinking like that :)
Was he foolish enough to also register all three sites in his or his company name? If so, he will likely find all three sites banned.
i dont undertand why is always talk about duplicate content and banning all sites etc. wasn it said that competitors cant harm you by making duplicates of your site?
While that may be true, we do not have all the facts about this site yet. If these sites are linked to one another (anywhere), hosted with the same company, registered to the same owner.... well
This is not a situation where a competitor is trying to damage someone elses site. It is a site owner trying to hoodwink the search engines into thinking there are three separate and unique sites simply by having three different urls.
Not the same thing at all and it is my best guess that he (the site owner) is heading for trouble.
Have any of you had to deal with this? How do I explain this potential problem to my boss?
I'm only going to be working here until the first part of March (then leaving for Mexico!) but I have to train the new person. I don't want to get into trouble for this, I don't want any of this attached to me. I've made sure that nothing connects to me personally, or to my personal website, but I'm still a little worried...
Google, in particular, is good at automatically identifying duplicate content. The result of this identification is a process of elimination of duplicate pages.
This is not a site ban, but is simply removal of the duplicate part of the site. Of course, the sites could be removed in their entirety if it was felt it was a deliberte exercise to dump additional and superflous pages into the index (spamming).
I would also suggest that you avoid linking the sites in question. The only safe solution is to avoid duplicate content as a whole.
Be creative. ;-)
Don't participate in link schemes designed to increase your site's ranking or PageRank.
Don't create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with substantially duplicate content.
Although Google is getting sued over the Searchking dispute, in general search engines seem to be given a free pass by asserting editorial rights. That is, they can drop sites or tweak results as they wish, in the same way an editor can eliminate or add content to a publication. Therefore, one should keep their near-invulnerability (to date, anyway) in mind before picking a fight.
It may mystify you and the Princess Boss, but it doesent mystify me for one.
As a user, duplicate content on Google does not help me at all.
As a site owner, I make "unilateral, arbitrary" decisions on what links to include and what not to include every day. Its what makes my sites useful to users.