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Is it a good idea to have 3 domain names for the same business

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by mukulkumarsharma, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. mukulkumarsharma

    mukulkumarsharma Newbie

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    I have three domains all for the same business. They are all the same domain names except for the extensions. Is it a better idea to have one site and have all the URL's redirected to it or should I go on with the three. Please advice.
     
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    I would probably do a redirect since they will have the same content most likely.
     
  3. ronmac321

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    I'd try to build them all out and dominate the serps and push the competition down.
     
  4. coolroxx

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    use redirect to the best EMD domain
     
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    I'd go with the above answer as long as this particular domain name gets lots of traffic. Then its worth building the 3 sites up and linking them with each other.
     
  6. paulcarter97

    paulcarter97 Regular Member

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    Go with the redirrect. It is a bad practice to manage multiple identical websites. Very difficult to manage and handle.
     
  7. Mountaineer

    Mountaineer Senior Member

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    If its for same business, then I'd probably only go for redirect option.
     
  8. mukulkumarsharma

    mukulkumarsharma Newbie

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    Thanks a lot for the help people... I think I will go with the redirect... :)
     
  9. Black.Star

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    I would also advise you a redirect to the "mainly visited" page/the best EMD with the best extension.

    Good luck and happy new year,

    Black.Star
     
  10. workplay

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    just redirect to the best one u like
     
  11. Leonne

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    Redirect seems like an obvious route. Having 3 similar sites can at times be a problem to keep up with.
     
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    Redirect is an obvious route, but a more telling method would be be to do some A/B testing. I believe there is an A/B testing script out there.

    If you aren't familiar with A/B testing (aka split testing) goog it or ping me for some tips.
     
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    I run a redirect on mine with mutiple links
     
  14. Emergent

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    I think the suggestions of redirections are misguided.

    Apart from reserving the domains so competition can't use them, it is essentially just throwing them away by redirecting, as the secondary domains will never rank in the SERPs. Ontop of that, EMD is only a slight boost for SEO, so it makes no difference for any serious level of competition anyway.

    The best use is to use the domains for SEO purposes.

    If for example you have the .c o,m (wont let me type it :rolleyes:) .net and org then use the .c o,m for money site, the .org throw up a WordPress blog on and start building relevant content and contextual links to your money site. On the .net get creative, throw up an autoblog, a forum, or try target the % of your traffic that don't convert but might convert on a different offer, say if your money sites selling X then go for a Win a X CPA offer.

    For safety and diversity spread them over more than one domain and web host.
     
  15. Techxan

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    If these sites are for a small business, you MUST have only one site and redirect the other urls to the main site.

    If you are niche marketing, develop the other properties as complementary to your main site and market the sites separately.
     
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    It all comes down to how you want to build your business. That's it. Bottom line.
    If you want to spend your time finishing out the main site and building it up, just redirect. You're not lazy if you do that. It's just what time you have to invest. I've done it many times myself.

    But...if you want to really dominate your business or niche, build out the .net and .org as well. The only advice I didn't see anyone mention above is *you must have your .net and your .org sites on a DIFFERENT IP,* meaning you will need a different and additional hosting accounts. Or, if you can talk your host into selling you some, two different IP's and then host them from your one hosting account. [1 hosting account, 3 different IP's. 1 you get free when you sign-up, additional ones usually cost ~$1 each; cheaper that way but hosting providers are not as quick to sell them as they use to be.] Google {almost} never puts the same IP address on the first page.

    The SERP trifecta would be your .com, .org, and .net all on the first page.

    Also, I almost forgot to mention you want to be careful and not duplicate too much content on each site if you want them to rank well.
     
  17. Techxan

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    If you have a small business that has a phone number and address that is also used in another small business, you will kill your SEO rankings.

    If you use the same contact information in you .com, .net, and .whatever, Google will decide that you are not a serious business person because you are running three businesses out of the same location.

    Serious small business owners own one business and are work on that on business exclusively.

    If you forward these domains to your single site, goog will treat the three entities as one business entity.

    No matter where you put your small business infomation on the web, it should always be exactly the same, and not be used by another entity, not even for personal contact information.
     
  18. Vladamir

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    Completely agree your throwing away good domains. if you have the time put seperate websites on each one rank heavy and send traffic over to the main one. if your busy as hell and 0 time for anything then by all means redirect its the lazy mans way.:p