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I would like to publish a website for my store, not only talking about the store and services we offer, but also selling both widgets and thingamijigs. However, Google has now associated my retail store with my previously existing website (turns out my wife placed a blurb on the site announcing the opening of the store). I've removed her announcement, but when you query Google by my store name, the existing site comes up. I'm afraid that by publishing a completely different site for my store, I may damage the rankings of my existing site. Is this something I need to be worried about?
Why would you want two websites for the same store anyway. An older domain will always out perform and generally out rank a brand new one.
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I really don't want two sites for the same store. I'd like the original site to be completely independent, selling different products (with some overlap) than I sell in the store. I'd basically treat it as a separate business. The second site, I'd like to be a reflection of the store - talking about who we are, what we do, and selling some of the products that can be found there.
My intention is not to have duplicate sites, but my worry was that since Google already thought the first site was my store's site, it would think I have two sites for the same store and therefore penalize my original site's ranking.
if a new website was launched, within time, this would become a much more relevant result to the query (many pages and a lot more content, as opposed to a few paragraphs) and therefore easily out perform your old site.
there may be quite a few peripheral issues that could affect you, as mentioned by others, but i think you'd be absolutely fine.