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Forwarded Domains

April 7, 2010
Hi Jill,
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I have one main website and own about 10 other domain name versions that are similar. Will I get penalized by the search engines if I have the 10 other domain names forwarded to my one website? Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Ted

++Jill's Response++


Hi Ted,

"Forwarded" could mean a lot of different things when it comes to SEO. You might have your domains as parked aliases, in which case they could all end up indexed by the search engines. While there is no duplicate content penalty, it's still not a good idea to go this route.

What you want to do is 301-redirect your additional domains to your main website. It won't help you with anything in the search engines, but it won't hurt you either, and is fine.

Best,

Jill

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Jill Whalen is the CEO of High Rankings, a Boston SEO Consulting Agency.

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