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Is this duplicate content?

Im making 5 sites to target specific parts of clients main site.

     

netnerd

2:03 pm on May 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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A client of mine has a site which sells 5 different types of widgets.

He wants me to make 5 sites under the same branding in keeping with his main site, but which are specific to each type of widget.

The new sites will take much of the relevant content from the main site, but will also contain new information.

Will google think this is ok? They will not be linked back to the main site, and it will not be linked to them.

ineedmoreexercise

2:29 pm on May 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Personally I think making 5 websites, each for a different product or service is fine, as long as each product or service can be given its own brand and does not overlap services.

But if the product or service already exists on a master site, then I think it is mirroring, no?

And therefore I think if you do it, one day google could eventually figure out that it indeed has a problem with it...

Maybe you could try not indexing the services that overlap so only the new content on the 5 sites gets indexed, and there is no overlap of services.

I also have several sites within the same general industry, but I have no master site. Each site has its own clear brand that pertains to a different niche, and that can appeal to a different audience. The sites are indexed by the search engines with no problem.

The sites are also listed in many directories on the web- with 99.9999999% of editors having no problem with the format since each site sells a separate brand in a different segment of the directory, and the services do not overlap.

Warning though. If you do it this way with 5 niche sites and no master site, you might find that the .0000001% of directories or editors that do have a problem with it, could turn out to be the most powerful and important .0000001% of the directory or editor population. And then that could certainly affect your treatment by Google.

Good luck.

fathom

3:08 pm on May 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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A client of mine has a site which sells 5 different types of widgets.
He wants me to make 5 sites under the same branding in keeping with his main site, but which are specific to each type of widget.

The new sites will take much of the relevant content from the main site, but will also contain new information.

Will google think this is ok? They will not be linked back to the main site, and it will not be linked to them.

hmmm... this does not make much sense.

If keeping to the same brand

If same content, but adding some different stuff

If not linking either way

Why not just add new content to existing site, or

If doing some market testing -- add to existing domain and don't link to/from existing site construction.

Seems like a waste of time, effort, and resources if each site is orphaned and unrelated (or related but not).

As far as Google goes > won't see anything wrong with this... but you will be hard pressed to keep "orphaned" websites in Google.

netnerd

3:25 pm on May 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

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The sites will be promoted on their own. My client gets some traffic from his main site, but mostly from the press etc.

I cannot un-index his main site as it does still bring in traffic, but i had hoped to run these sites separately.

They would not be orphans in that they would be promoted through link swaps with other related widget sites.

 

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