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My friend wants me to host his 'related' site

4:47 pm on Sep 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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A good friend of mine has been having difficulties managing his hobby website. He's a very busy senior exec and has recently seen his site go down for three days and asked me to fix it for him, which I did in a few hours...

He's sick of problems with his host and as I have my own server, I suggested my hosting environment would be a much more stable platform for his website. I've got plenty of capacity and as he's a friend, I do it for free...

However, our sites are related. He links to my site and I link to his. I know this is a subject that's bee done to death but how would you suggest I approach this? Would a new IP for his site be sufficient to protect against a penalty on one, or both of the sites? There's certainly no intention to manipulate results and we always linked to eachother. The domain will remain in his name.

Thanks for any comments.

9:42 am on Sept 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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You do not need a seperate IP for this. I have hosted related sites in same server (with cross linking) for more than 5 years, and all sites are fine till now. The only thing to be noted here is that i have placed the links only where appropriate - that is, where the links would serve as additional resources.
4:54 am on Sept 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

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adipkn, are you sure it is fine?

I doubt it, have you ever hosted your sites on separate servers for a significant length of time to be able to compare the difference in traffic

6:48 am on Sept 30, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I think the operative word here is "hobby" site. If it is not a biz/money site there should be no problem. Certainly nothing more than sub domains considerations can be in effect.

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