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    Search engines & forwarded domains

    Hello all,

    I'm just making the finishing touches to my web page which I'll have hosted with my ISP. I've put some basic META tags (keywords, description) in the header.

    Now, I'm out to get myself a nicer sounding domain name than my ISP's, and have it forwarded to it's actual location.

    How will search engines show it? If people search for words contained in my site, I'm assuming it'll show the address as my ISP's, not my nice domain name.

    QUESTION IS:
    Is there a way for my bought domain name to show up when someone makes such a search? ....How do I do it?

    Cheers guys!

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    If it's properly forwarded at server level (ie a DNS forward) then the search engines will use your chosen domain name just like everyone else. Your ISP domain name won't factor in. It's only when the forwarding is not handled correctly (such as where it's done with a javascript or some other equally horrible method) that you will encounter problems.

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    Is there a way for my bought domain name to show up when someone makes such a search? ....How do I do it?
    You'll need to get some proper hosting for use with your domain name, rather than using url masking (which simply nests the ISP url within a frameset which uses the nice domain name).

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    Yes, framesets are one of those horrible methods I was talking about.

    Thinking about it in more depth, given that you are going to need to buy hosting for your proper domain name anyway, you may as well host the actual site there anyway, negating any need to do forwarding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pennimus
    Thinking about it in more depth, given that you are going to need to buy hosting for your proper domain name anyway, you may as well host the actual site there anyway, negating any need to do forwarding.
    I can just register a domain name and have it hosted somewhere else (my ISP) for free. Registration of domain names don't automatically come with hosting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pennimus
    If it's properly forwarded at server level (ie a DNS forward) then the search engines will use your chosen domain name just like everyone else. Your ISP domain name won't factor in.
    Mydiscountdomains say about URL forwarding:
    "your domain is "cloaked" by default. This is accomplished by using a frame on our servers, which then loads the content of your site into that frame."
    So this is one of the no-nos that you're talking about right? So how do I find out if it's "properly forwarded at server level"? Something like this from iprimus?:
    "The premium service redirects visitors to the destination URL and retains the domain name (www.yourdomain.com), rather than the destination URL, in the address bar.

    IMPORTANT: If you wish to use either of our URL forwarding services, your domain name must be delegated to our primary and secondary DNS servers. These are ns1.iprimus.com.au 203.134.64.66 and ns2.iprimus.com.au 203.134.65.66 respectively. "

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    Yep that second option is the right way to do it.

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    OK, my site's up and running www.timeandwealth.info adn I ended up buying hosting because it is NOT POSSIBLE to delegate to a free webspace like with my ISP. Business is business. And forwarding means search engines can't really see what's inside the site.


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