2 sites same niche on same server, is this a big mistake?

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by mylo13, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. mylo13

    mylo13 Registered Member

    Apr 14, 2015
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    we've recently had 2 websites built for our business. These are not little websites they are huge sites that a lot of time has gone into
    they're both eCommerce and are in the same niche, they sell the same products.
    the reason behind this is our main company has a shop where we spend time with customers, sales takes a bit of work
    and we want to earn a nice bit of profit from every sale. We cant have cheap prices online because the people we spend time with will rightfully be annoyed its cheaper online

    the second website is going to be for online sales only and we wont be associating our self with this website, any queries will be answered by email
    we plan to give the maximum discount we can give allowed by manufacturers so we can do a lot of online sales and make profit based on the quick easy sales

    The problem i have is both sites are built on magento and the developer built them so they share the same database
    this means they have to be on the same server

    the best we can do to have different ip's is
    site 1 - 192.168.1.xx
    site 2 - 192.168.1.xx

    i want to rank both sites, the second site more so than the first
    but the first has been running for 5years+

    am i setting myself up to fail with both being on the same server, is this still a big issue in terms of ranking
    is it essential to have a new database built for the 2nd site?
    another option is to use a CDN, is this suitable?

    i really need some help guys its taken far to long to get these sites done and now i've got this grief

    really appreciate your opinions on this

  2. towelfox

    towelfox Junior Member

    Jan 11, 2012
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    I'd be more concerned about duplicate content. You could put one behind cloudflare which will give it a different IP address. You could probably put both on cloudflare. Google knows all about that so it likely won't cause issues.

    Another option is to run your webserver(s) away from your database but I'd avoid that if they're going to be completely different locations.

    Also, you could just set the sites up in separate locations using separate databases and run scrips to synchronize the databases. I'd go first option for simplicity.

    In future though I'd plan first and execute later.
  3. davids355

    davids355 Moderator-In-Training Jr. VIP

    Apr 25, 2011
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    No I dont think its an issue at all. But as towelfox says duplicate content will be a potential issue so you need to take the time to differentiate the site in terms of product descriptions, images etc so that they appear to google as two independent sites.
  4. papa_ji

    papa_ji BANNED BANNED Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Jan 22, 2011
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    same stupid question asked many time, I don't know why people don't like to search before they ask
  5. tokokipiani

    tokokipiani Power Member

    Jun 12, 2014
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    I have had few sites on same hosting but not exactly on one keyword. So you should get some info about it
  6. OrangeNRG

    OrangeNRG Regular Member

    Dec 10, 2012
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    no, it's not a big deal. get back to work.
  7. Web Echo

    Web Echo Regular Member

    Apr 5, 2012
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    Take care of 2 things.

    1. Don't link both sites to each other.

    2. Their backlinks should be totally different and avoid getting link to both sites from same site. I mean if Site A is linking to your Site 1 then avoid getting link to your Site 2 from Site A.

  8. mylo13

    mylo13 Registered Member

    Apr 14, 2015
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    thanks everyone except papa_ji for some useful info

    I had no idea the sites were being built on 1 database until they've been built i'm afraid, I'd rather have them separate.
    Cloudfare sounds like the way to go then!

    As for the duplicate Content

    In the niche i'm in there's 100's of products all made by big brand manufacturers
    Everyone sells the same products under the same names
    What if on site 1 i had all 600 products
    But site 2 i select a special few and show 250/600 products?

    Also as for images could i just make the image slightly bigger / smaller but keep the resolution the same say
    50 x 100 to 75 x 150
    as everyone uses the same images given by the manufacturer

    As for product names i'm a bit limited due to SEO
    the product names tend to be like this, for example with "car" as the niche
    KA Car
    Golf Car
    Fiesta Car
    because thats what people are likely to search for.

    Is there anything else i should make sure are completely different

    things like the meta template will have to be different