Combining Thousands of Duplicate Pages Without Penalty

Aug 8, 2007 • 9:34 am | comments (1) by twitter | Filed Under SEO - Search Engine Optimization
 

What happens if you have two identical sites with thousands of duplicate pages (18,000, to be more exact) indexed on both domains by search engines? Should you combine the pages so that there's no penalty for duplicate content?

This is the question at Cre8asite Forums. One of the sites is a PR7 .com and the other is a PR6 .gov.

There's a mixture of responses for this one. Some people say that it's okay to 301 redirect all pages from the site that gets less traffic to the site that gets more traffic. Consequently, the traffic will double and the keywords will be ranked better.

But others say that you shouldn't do a thing. However, in the event that you do get penalized for duplicate content, you should have a backup plan.

What would you do? Would you 301 redirect the pages or would you casually wait until your rankings plummet?

Forum discussion at Cre8asite Forums.

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Comments:

Rob Abdul

08/09/2007 08:35 am

If the domain names are the same the Search engines will not penalize for identical content one or more TLD’s. For example mydomain.com, mydomain.gov. However if the domain names are not the same then I would be very worried.

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