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I want to create a site that I'll promote in various ways. For that, I want to register several domains for it (with dashes, without, .com, .org).
Ideally, whenever I make a change to the root site, all the other domains would also be updated.
How can I accomplish this without getting in trouble with the SE's? It would be nice if I could get all the domains in the SE's without having to ban spiders in all but one.
joined:July 19, 2001
Multiple domains with the same content are the bane of search results as they almost invariably enter the results as a block. Which is why the SEs do their best to eliminate mirrors
I'm setting up a meditation website for a Buddhist Center.
To promote it on the search engines I registered meditation-losangeles.org The existing domain is meditateinla.org (no keywords). I also registered meditationlosangeles.org in case people type it in and forget the dash. Finally, I also registered meditationinlosangeles.com
I could block the spiders from all but the dashed site. Problem is I KNOW that many of the people we're targeting will type in the URL in the search bar, not the browser!
joined:July 19, 2001
I ws recently searching on alltheweb for something and came across a set of results that really annoyed me, because they were 30 odd results all with similar sites from the same company 123-usa, 123-france, 123-uk etc (I find this most annoying - and this is the way the SEs look at it)
The way I would play it is to set-up seperate sites for each of the sub domains and heavily optimise them for the appropriate two word keyphrase ensuring that the site structure was different. These sites can be fairly small and can link back into the main site for the significant part of their content, so as the user gets drawn into the site they change domains to your main site. I know it is more work but that way you can avoid the problems of engine spamming.
(edited by: engine at 8:32 am (gmt) on Nov. 21, 2001)
They could also be slightly different subject areas. Domain-1 could be the main site of the organization, domain-2 could be the "community" type site if you'll be doing message boards, and a possibility is that sometimes non-profit organizations do have gift shops for fundraising purposes. So domain-3 could be a gift shop with related items, possibly utilizing reliable affiliate programs. If some members make handcrafted items that are specifically related you could use those also.
The sites would then have unique content, and each attract a different traffic group in addition to all linking together so that the main one can be found no maatter what someone types in to a search bar. I doubt that there would be any problem at all with simply using the same graphics and look throughout all of them to maintain continuity.
While the main site would be the primary one for linking purposes, related sites with a different purpose would afford different linking possibilities, and give a couple more opportunities for directory listings, too.
I think doing a simultaneous update could present dupicate content problems, as Ian pointed out, but with different sites they wouldn't all have to be updated unless it was the graphics.