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    SEO Duplication?

    We have several domain names registered, each with its own website. the websites are hosted on the same server, so they all have the same dns.

    Our main site has pretty good results in both yahoo and google (.co.uk domain). However we have an identical site with a .eu domain, appears nowhere in the search engine results.

    Has this anything to do with being on the same server?
    The .eu site has been up and running a couple of months now.
    The .co.uk a couple of years.

    Any advice as always appreciated.

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    Well there are a few things to consider. A new site is typically listed lower than a longer-existing site, and also tends to have more links pointing to it. I think you are saying that the second domain has the exact same content and pages as the main site, which means that your new site will need to age to get the same levels of ranking. There shouldn't be any real significance to their location on the same server. My question is why do you need to duplicate the same site with a different domain name, or do they have different content on the sites?
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    We thought as we registered the .co.uk and the .eu domains we may as well make use of them and thought by having the two sites we should get better coverage in the search engine results.

    But the sites have the same content, yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TinMan View Post
    We thought as we registered the .co.uk and the .eu domains we may as well make use of them and thought by having the two sites we should get better coverage in the search engine results.

    But the sites have the same content, yes.
    You're likely getting hit by a dupe content penalty on the .eu site. In your position, I would 301 redirect the .eu to the .co.uk, or put the .eu in another language/languages (if appropriate).

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    True they typically hate double content, which may or may not be known to them since it is a different site. Zurvan is right, if you have extra domain names you should really only redirect them to the main site, otherwise I fear you might be on the fringe of Black Hat SEO, which is possible it will get you banned.
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    So there is nothing to be gained by having two or three very similar sites, but with different domain names?

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    In terms of SEO you don't gain anything (not to my knowledge anyway). SEO is primary based on two things:
    1) your site content/structure/ect..
    2) Incoming Links!!!

    Google tends to love the incoming links part of it, so if you have the same site with a different domain and no incoming links it wont rank good.

    Only think i can think of that you gain is traffic that may have been lost.
    EX: I am from canada and i type in "www.yourdomain.ca" (instead of .eu) so somebody else's site pops up.

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    I think I shouldnt have said SEO.

    There are about 8 domains all in all each with their own site, the sites content is identical, although on some sites a different homepage has been selected from the files.

    I was thinking that if someone searched for (as an example) "chevrolet", because it currently ranks well in the .co.uk domain, it would also find the .eu, .net etc and therefore give the company more hits.

    All the sites have a links page, the thinking that by following the links the search engine would find these other sites more easily.

    But I'm obviously wrong as the new domains come nowhere in a search...

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    If you think about this from the perspective of a search engine, it's hardly suprising that they don't. Why would an engine want to serve it's users multiple copies of the same thing? Would that constitute a good user experience?

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    I understand that, but the domains may be owned by different companies selling the same thing........?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TinMan View Post
    I understand that, but the domains may be owned by different companies selling the same thing........?
    The domain has no effect on your rank. If they get better content/links then you well guess what? they will rank much better!

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    I understand that, but the domains may be owned by different companies selling the same thing........?
    I was under the impression that your sites were all identical.


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