"Served By Two Domains" Notification Via Google Webmaster Tools

Feb 13, 2013 • 8:54 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Webmaster ToolsA common rookie mistake for setting up a web site is to have two or more domain names that you own all resolve properly for the same web site.

Now Google is notifying webmasters via Google Webmaster Tools if they spot this issue. They are sending notifications that your site is "served by two domains" or more.

For example, people often confuse this site with SEOroundtable.com or searchengineroundtable.com when it really is seroundtable.com. Rookies would have all three domain names resolve and work fine, which would create two canonical versions of this site and major issues in Google.

The email from Google reads like this:

We noticed that you have very similar pages served by both example1.com and example2.com (for example, "http://www.example1.com/filename.html"). Google is currently showing the example2.com version in search results. For more information about this message and what you can do if you prefer the other way, please see this Help Center article.

Message ID: XXXXX.

Please include this ID in any messages you post in ourHelp forum.

Sincerely, Google Search Quality Team

I believe this message has been around since April 2012 but maybe earlier.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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Not A Rookie

02/13/2013 02:16 pm

Isn't this easily resolved by setting a canonical preference on the site?


02/13/2013 04:29 pm

Why not just have those sites redirect to your main site?

Kenichi Suzuki

02/13/2013 06:42 pm

Yes. I got the massage in November 2011. The official announce was published at the end of October 2011. http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2011/10/raising-awareness-of-cross-domain-url.html

Dario Petkovic

02/14/2013 01:14 pm

I would think that


02/15/2013 08:44 pm

Canonical tag was supposed to fix that. It doesn't because Google still sucks with that...


05/19/2014 09:53 am

is it right, after i submited my new domain, set option "change of address" to my old domain?! or should i wait to google send me this email? i should mention that i redirected the new domain to old in host panel.

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