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Did I screw up? Duplicate content penalty?



2:54 pm on Mar 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hi Everyone,

I own two domains: example.com and example.ca. Before launching the sites I set .com as a domain pointer to .ca. I want .ca to be the main domain. I (stupidly) thought a domain pointer was a 301.

Five days ago I launched the sites, and immediately started getting links from good sources to point to my .ca domain.

Today I notice that when I Google my business name, the .com shows up, but not the .ca. When I saw this it immediately dawned on me that clearly a domain pointer does not work the same as a 301, and I assume Google is now penalizing my .ca as being duplicate content of my .com. Arh!

This is obliviously not how I wanted to get started. I immediately corrected my .com to use a real 301 to .ca

1) Do you think my .ca is indeed being penalized? When I Google the domain name I see all the sites linking to it, but it doesn't exist.

2) Should I submit a Request Reconsideration? Or should I leave Google to naturally figure it out?

3) Assuming I am being penalized, what sort of ongoing impact (if any) can I expect?



11:59 am on Apr 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The search engine will only display one version. It chose the .com one (probably because you were using google.com, maybe not). For a joke, try google.ca and see if you get the .ca version.

Either way, there is no penalty per say, the search engine simply picks the one it thinks has attained more credibility for that keyphrase.


1:30 am on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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You can use Google Webmaster tools to set a preferred domain. You might also want to set up a canonical url. Here's a link to a Google Blog about canonical urls and duplicate content issues.



6:38 am on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It should not be penalty and things should settle over a period of time.


11:50 am on Apr 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I wouldn't do the Reconsideration as its not a penalty. Make sure you really have the 301 now and then give it some time - don't even think about until you know the Googlebot has recrawled both .com and .ca

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