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Buy additional domain names to boost main site?

Is it worth it and how to use them?



12:47 pm on Jun 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have been doing some research into buying some additional domain names that would be keyword-keyword.com for my niche.

If I start buying a few of them, what is the best way to use them to boost my 2 main websites?


3:22 pm on Jun 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Are you doing this for type in traffic or purely seo purposes? If you are doing this for seo purposes you should realize search engines are very good with identifying domains that are part of the same network. Some of the tell tale signs of a network are the same whois info, shared ip, duplicate content and interlinking.


3:09 am on Jun 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi in answer to your question about duplicate domain names.
My search engine would spit it out because it would class that as spamming, dual domains pointing at the same data just causes duplicate file errors to be highlighted and so only one domain would be uploaded to the search engine the other would be dropped.
The worst case of this was a New Zealand tourism website we indexed, it was the same data as five other tourism websites all with different names.
We did email the owner and he was stunned when we commented that all the contact email addresses were the same! So we dropped the lot from the database.
Hey the beaches in that area may be nice but they are not that good! Grin!
Hope this helps you out..
Dave A


2:48 pm on Jun 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm not talking about duplicating the sites. I am talking about getting domain names just because having the domain name would make getting top serps easier.

Then creating links on this new site using keyword anchor text pointing to the main site.


3:01 pm on Jun 8, 2005 (gmt 0)

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domain is only one variable of hundreds of variables in the algo's .. it is weighted differently with each algo adjustment simply as other vaiables are adjusted.

domain will not get you ranked for anything competetively...but yes..it is one variable ..if your domain reflects your product/servcie/information then it will matter..BUT once again only as 1 variable amoungst hundreds of variables.


6:09 pm on Jun 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I posted this question in another post a little differntly, but I was plannng to build some actual content and compete in another space and advertise for free my site and charge others possibly to advertise on there as well in the future. All 3 of my domains sit on the same computer, but don't share IPs at all and won't be interlinked. All links will be one way pointing to our main business for sure. Do you see any harm in this configuration.

Also, one of the domains was going to be an eStore too, but just focus on baby gifts since that's in the URL. I plan to draw the same data off of the main site which sells gifts and children's clothing, etc.

I want to make sure they don't think I'm spamming b/c I'm not.



7:01 pm on Jun 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I want to make sure they don't think I'm spamming b/c I'm not.

Your not spamming because you say you're not spamming?

If the new web sites truly stand on their own as complete and independent web sites and are created to fulfill a purpose not fulfilled by the first web site, then you will probably be ok. If the purpose of these web sites is to promote a separate web site, then I think by most definitions, they would be spam.

I don't mean any offense to stroudtx or cgchris99 but I think it's funny how often people here describe a system which is fundamentally spam, and then say it's not spam because it is not spam.


1:10 pm on Jul 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I bought up ten domains that all kind of have the same idea behind them, and am creating a site that will be a referral service for a select group of people that want me to put their businesses all on one site and get it optimized. By having all of these extra domains pointing to the one site, is that considered spamming? I am new to this and don't want to break any rules right off the bat. Totally defeating my purpose. And if it is, would I just need to have the investors vote on one name, and then drop the rest? Just as a side note, I wanted to also pick up these names to keep this idea from becoming eight other peoples ideas too.


3:11 am on Jul 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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On a simliar note, but with a different purpose, I have a client that felt the need to buy up about 20 domains that contain the brand name of the product they sell. Dual purpose really: a) to lock up the domain, and b) www.mybrandname.com is just cool for them.

In any event, they use their company name as the main URL and I have yet to plug in the DNS for the various other brand domains.

Needless to say, some of these brand domains would are also some of the keywords choosen to optimize for SEO.

So, what is the net effect of having 20 some domains pointing to the same home page? And what if, we submit one or more of those URL's to the SE's to benefit from the fact the brand name is in the url?


1:28 pm on Jul 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I can tell you what happened to me... I own several domain names for my company. These domains are specific to the products that we manufacture. I originally did this when one of my competitors bought a domain name that was a simple misspelling of my domain.

I hosted them on mydomain.com so they could all be easily pointed by me, to my main site. I put in keywords and meta description for each domain, specific to that particular product. Some domains were pointed at specific pages on my main site, some were pointed to the top page on the site, and some had "doorway" pages of their own with links tot he main site. All was well (I thought) for a few years, but little did I know...

This was before I started paying attention to the site's SE ranking, and before I came here to read and learn. My site traffic began to drop significantly, and I set out on a search to learn why.

Seems that Yahoo! saw this as duplicate content and completely kicked me out of the index. Something happened with Google, and my rankings (and site traffic) dropped like a rock.

I've now used 301 permanent redirects to point them to the main site (and to show that they have permanently moved). I still own the domains to protect the company, and the SE's are happy again.

So...I've gotta think that multiple domains with anything _other_ than a 301 redirect (or maybe just no DNS settings!) are a bad thing...



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