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Are we hurting our SEO by having two different versions of our Domain?

9:23 pm on Jul 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hello, I'm not sure if anyone will know the answer to this question...

My company has two sites - one is an [site,...] and the other is a www.site.

They are different sites because we store them on two different servers. To briefly explain why we even have two completely different sites - basically, we didn't have time to make the content of the new one as good as the old one, but the old one looked incredibly outdated and we didn't have time to update that either.

I am curious though whether having these two sites is affecting our SEO at all. I checked in google search with a few keyword phrases, and all I'm really finding is that sometimes, one site shows up, and sometimes the other one does. I haven't found them in the same SERPS yet though, but they are probably optimized for different things, since they don't contain all the same content.

Other than that, the only thing I've noticed is that Webmaster Tools doesn't seem to address the different addresses. It generated the same code twice when we tried to add in the other site.

Any ideas or guesses as to whether google cares or not that we have two different websites at essentially the same address?
1:06 am on July 16, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Just to clarify (because our auto-linking kind of munged up your first example) you've got one siteat example.com without the "www" and the other, with different content, at www.example.com - right?

They're different URLs, and that's the way the web is technically. So they are not hurting each other any more than different content at blog.example.com and other content at example.com would hurt each other.