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British Vs. Us Spelling
Posted 21 December 2004 - 02:20 PM
The company's URL uses the British spelling, as does their entire site. Many variations of kwp's include the word "fibre". They are ranking well for their phrases with that spelling. They bought a new URL and have asked us if we would duplicate the content using the US spelling "fiber" in all locations where the phrases occur.
This doesnt seem like it would be the best solution.... would this be considered duplicate content - how smart are the algorithms that detect this... and if they do see it as duplicate content, wouldnt they index only one of the sites, therefore defeating the client's intention? of being found under both spellings
We thought about using alternate spellings on alternate pages, but think that this might look like inconsistency or a mistake.... using alternate spellings in keyword tags doesn't seem like it would be effective either...
Any ideas or comments would be much appreciated!
Posted 21 December 2004 - 02:32 PM
If you're going to create a separate domain for alternate spellings, I'd say that the same text but with fibre replaced with fiber is bound to be treated as duplicate content. You could try rewriting the pages completely, and you may find that you'll come across some pages for which the rewrite is an improvement over the original.
I agree that mixing the two spellings is a pretty bad idea. I've seen it done, and I've never thought it looked professional. If your site's audience spells a word one way, spell it that way across the site. And don't do the "...of course, Americans prefer the spelling 'fiber,' but as we're a UK-based company, we prefer the spelling 'fibre.' I hate that.
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Posted 21 December 2004 - 04:50 PM
and hey, i just passed 20 posts after almost a year here. i need to come out from and join the
Posted 21 December 2004 - 04:58 PM
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Posted 22 December 2004 - 02:33 PM
How do you handle your keyword phrases - do you use both spellings in your site?
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Posted 31 December 2004 - 09:46 AM
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*edited*-- oops, i didnt' see your reply, qwerty, before i posed this.
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