Are you a Google Analytics enthusiast?
More SEO Content
Hosting Configuration Affecting Page Rank?
Posted 06 August 2005 - 05:20 AM
I have 2 domains www.mydomain.com and www.mydomain.be.
In IIS I created one site with the above headers.
So www.mydomain.com and www.mydomain.be point to the same website on the IIS6 webserver.
Strange thing is now that google can find www.mydomain.be without a problem, but somehow it cannot find www.mydomain.com.
Does the IIS configuration affect how spiders see the domain names?
Normally it shouldn't, but why can't it find the .com domain? When I search for www.mydomain.com it returns www.mydomain.be as a result...
Posted 06 August 2005 - 07:30 AM
Sometimes some search engines don't like the same data with a different domain name they often class that as spamming the search engine with duplicate pages.
So they may have indexed it but then removed it because it appears to be duplicated.
The search engine I run would mark one website as a duplicate of the other and mark it down a heap.
Hope this helps
Posted 06 August 2005 - 08:16 AM
That's what it sounds like to me, in which case Dave A is spot on. They're dupicate sites and the engines have both recognized that and chosen which one they want to show in the SERPs. Exactly as they should.
Only one or the other will show. If you want the .com to show instead of the .be, then I would do a simple 301 redirect of the .be over to the .com and give the engines a few weeks to pick up on the change.
Posted 08 August 2005 - 03:14 AM
But is it not a bit strange they do it like that? I mean, If I have a company I want every domain name I can get for that name. Most important reason is to protect the name. So why would it be spam if you point them to the same site? I think it's a normal thing to do.
If someone searches for your company and that person is located in Italy, then I want him/her to find www.mycompany.it and not www.mycompany.be (belgium). Especially when the content is in english.
Posted 08 August 2005 - 07:22 AM
What you have to do is look at it from the search engines perspective. It's their job, if you will, to offer their users relevant returns from their searches and give them as many options as they can.
Taking it to the extreme, let's say you had it all figured out how to rank #1 for a certain highly competitive search term. In fact, you've got it down so well that you can get two of your pages to show up for those searches. So you get both the #1 and #2 position.
Now let's say further than you have purchased 15 different domains, even for the completely innocent reason of wanting to protect your brand, and you're aliasing them all to the same content. As you currently are with your two domains.
Given that example, and thinking about it from the user/search engines perspective, do you think that it would be a good decision for the engines to show one of our ghost domains in each of the top 30 spots for every search on the terms you're targeting, where the content is exactly the same for all 30 listings? This would not be very useful to searchers for sure. They would have no options unless they went past page 3 of the SERPs!
That's why the engines have decided that they only want to show one copy, no matter how many altername domain addresses it appears at. Which makes perfect sense.
One of the reasons we (and the engines for that matter) recommend a 301 in these situations is that doing so gives you back control. Without it you leave it up to the search engines to decide which domain to display. With a 301 you get to make that choice.
A side benefit is that eventually any links pointing towards those altername domain names will start to count as link popularity for the main site.
Posted 08 August 2005 - 07:44 AM
I think you'd want to create your different sites in the different languages for those countries then.
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users