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Is this behaviour considered as cloaking?

will google ban my site?



9:56 pm on Sep 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I have a URL forwarded to a site. i.e blahblah dot com forwards to doodah dot com
I have submitted both URLs to Google, so that i can check stats for both - search keyword stats for blahblah dot com, and crawl stats for doodah dot com

Only problem is both sites are showing up in the top ten for some keyword searches. This was not my intention but I am sure it is frowned upon, because if I wanted to I could buy 8 more domain names and grab the whole first page.

Is google going to be unhappy with me? I think my reasons for submitting both URLs is legitimate, isn't it?




10:52 am on Sep 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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You need to check the forwarding; anything other than a 301 permanent redirect will likely cause you problems of an interesting and varied nature.

I suspect you are not doing so - or it is not set up correctly.

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9:44 pm on Sep 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Google doesn't like it. I would expect the blahblah.com to drop out of the rankings in 3 months or so


10:17 pm on Sep 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I have checked the web interface for the domain name I bought and I am not sure if I can do a 301 redirect. I only purchased a domain name, and no physical hosting, so I am not sure how I can create a .htaccess file.

The URL forwarding interface they provided works by placing a frame in the original URL with the new URL inside it. Is this method still frowned upon by The Goog?

If I remove the actual physically hosted URL from google's index will that be enough to keep them from hitting me with the ban hammer?


8:28 am on Oct 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Does the content actually exist in both places? What happens if you click on the link in Google for the redirected site... do ALL the pages redirect?

Sometimes these things just happen because of overlap. If you look at the cache on the redirecting site, is it *BEFORE* you set up the redirection? This would be a key indicator of it being a temporary issue.


8:09 am on Nov 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The url forwarding is done using a frame by the company I bought the URL widgets.com from.
The pages are only hosted at one place.
So to make things clearer - I submited the url widgets.com because it is short and that is why I paid for it. But I also submitted widgets.myactualwebsite.com and its sitemap so I could check stats in google's webmaster tools

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