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Old 21 April 2006, 11:28   #11
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Hello Dal,

Since you're already with cox.net, it may be worth asking them what they charge to register and host a domain for you - if they can do that without too much expense, it'd then be worth asking them if they can set up your domain to point directly at your pages on their servers. This way you get away without any redirect or any other webpage forwarding system.

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Here's their answer to that http://support.cox.com/sdccommon/asp...ntredirect.asp

Check out the Web Forwarding link on the registrar they recommend. That'll work for you.
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Old 21 April 2006, 12:23   #12
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dctucker - if you follow your suggestions and point a second domain name at an existing web hosting package you WILL be penalised by googles duplicate content filter and possibly even deleted from their index all together.

Do a google search on "google duplicate content filter" if you don't believe me.

Pointing multiple domain names at the same website can prevent a page from being indexed by google for months - even years !!!

I'm not going to bother to say it again - choose to ignore my warning at your own risk...
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I'm not going to bother to say it again - choose to ignore my warning at your own risk...
Roy, whilst I don't want to contradict you, this isn't what happens. (Of course, this is all dependant on whether Google ranking is a requirement for the site or not!)

I can't comment on Google ranking as it's not my area of expertise, but certainly deletion from the index does not happen, and I can show this with a number of sites which have multiple domain names.
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If you have 2 identical pages, both indexed and listed in google from different domain names - then you are simply lucky that the duplicate content has not yet been spotted.

Either that or google have dramatically changed the way they do things and none of the SEO world know about it yet. (unlikely)

Many many sites have lost their listings in google and cannot get them back due to a mirror of the site being set up - it is a common problem.

P.S. - contradict away - I have no problem with people opposing my posts - I love debate - its how we learn
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From what I've seen, only one URL appears in searches, I suspect that for one reason or another the .com is indexed and not the .org and other TLDs which may point to the same page(s).
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The others have been delisted.

Not a problem you might say - until its your main site that gets delisted and a mirror site that takes precedence. You have no control over which site google will remove from its listings and which it will leave.

If you ever change the content on one of the pages so they are no longer duplicates it will be extremely hard to ever get google to re-index the duplicate domains that have been blocked by the duplicate content filter.

I have read reports of people still struggling after over a year to get the blocked domain to be re-indexed by google.
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Ah... there's no mirror site involved... just several TLDs pointing to one site.
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Roy's correct, although as RB says, if a google ranking isnt important then it doesnt matter at all. Most other engines arent quite as officious, although without google you'd be limiting yourself to circa 25% of web searches....
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Ah... there's no mirror site involved... just several TLDs pointing to one site.
There is no mirror site - but to google - you are presenting a single site under multiple addresses - it will se it as duplicate content.

The easiest way round this is to have some dynamic content near the top of every page.

It can be as simple as a random quote or piece of news - as long as it changes everytime the page is loaded not only will google not see it as duplicate pages - but also will think your page updates regularly and re-index it more often.
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Cheers - good tip on the content
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