[thelist] Multiple Domain Names

ben morrison morrison.ben at gmail.com
Mon Oct 26 14:28:54 CDT 2009

On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 6:35 PM, Joel Canfield <joel at bizba6.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 11:21 AM, Fred Jones <fredthejonester at gmail.com>wrote:
>> > I imagine it could be taken to the point of spamming, but that's not a
>> > given, is it?
>> I think it is actually.
> unless we're defining 'spamming' in very different ways, I can't imagine
> that my having, for instance, joelcanfield.com and joeldcanfield.com point
> to the same site as spamming.
> elucidate.

# What are the most common abuses a website owner is likely to encounter?

One common scam is the creation of "shadow" domains that funnel users
to a site by using deceptive redirects. These shadow domains often
will be owned by the SEO who claims to be working on a client's
behalf. However, if the relationship sours, the SEO may point the
domain to a different site, or even to a competitor's domain. If that
happens, the client has paid to develop a competing site owned
entirely by the SEO.

Another illicit practice is to place "doorway" pages loaded with
keywords on the client's site somewhere. The SEO promises this will
make the page more relevant for more queries. This is inherently false
since individual pages are rarely relevant for a wide range of
keywords. More insidious, however, is that these doorway pages often
contain hidden links to the SEO's other clients as well. Such doorway
pages drain away the link popularity of a site and route it to the SEO
and its other clients, which may include sites with unsavory or
illegal content.


> yes; noting Jill Whalen's comment here
> http://www.highrankings.com/issue060 what
> y'all seem to be talking about is the *technical* method of how you point
> multiple domains at the same site. Jill simply uses a redirect and
> circumvents seo negativity. but, conceptually, it sure looks a lot like a
> bunch of different domains pointing at the same site.

yes, but as alwyas its bout the details, the best redirect is a 301 - permanent


So what happens eventually is google stops indexing the sites that
have a 310 redirect, so they no longer appear in search engines, so
they can become pointless.

Ben Morrison

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