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Fixing A Dup Content Listing Omission
Posted 18 August 2003 - 08:39 AM
Last November, I did site A for a client. We waited forever and it never did seem to make it into Google. Before it even got indexed my client was off buying Google ads along the right side of the page.
Anyway, a few months later, she bought an existing domain off of someone else. Let's call it site B. Site B had a number ten ranking for her main keyword. Unbeknownst to me, when she got control of site B, she copied all of her content from site A and put it on site B. (She kept the content on site A as well.)
Site B maintained its top ten ranking, but site A (although some pages are indexed) never placed well for anything.
I've been telling my client for months that we need to fix this. Christmas is coming and she's finally listening to me.
She wants to keep the original content on site A (the original site) and write some new content for site B (the purchased domain). But my hunch is that if Google thinks site A has duplicate content, it's going to be difficult convincing the algorithms otherwise. So, I suggest keeping the original content on site B and writing new content for site A.
Am I right? Any suggestions.
Posted 18 August 2003 - 10:45 AM
Just a question, why would she want to risk losing a first page ranking? My simple suggestion is - "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
If it were I, I would analyze site A to death until I found the reason it was not doing well and use that info, if possible, to improve site B. Then, completely redo site A with new content to target traffic that was not already going to site B.
Hope this helps, just MHO,
Posted 19 August 2003 - 02:15 AM
If it's duplicate content, i personally wouldn't bother.
Site B could be doing well because of other factors such as decent directory listings, URL (e.g. www.keyword1-keyword2.com) and incoming links.
I would stick to site B because it is established in the SEs, and concentrate on adding high value content, not duplicate content.
Posted 26 August 2003 - 05:28 PM
Just a guess, from what others have been telling me about my
own concerns, I'll bet that the site she bought already had some
links to it, and site A didn't.
So in my humble oppinion, the best use of site A is to create a lot
of links from it to site B, using linking phrases that are keyworks you would
like to concentrate on.
If her purpose in rewriting the site is to add more products, great. Add
more products to site A, then link to them from site B.
I am not saying that this is a great way to get better rankings, but that
it is better than what she proposes, and it will probably help.
I do think it will help to not have a duplicate off at site A.
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