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    Can a Near Match Website - name and niche - hurt mine?

    Just wondering,

    If I have a website, lets say it's all about rhinestone cat collars, and it's called KittyCollar.com and its up for many years and doing ok. Then along comes a competitor, opens a site in the exact same niche, and names it KittyCollars.com. It there any way this could hurt my rankings?
    Last edited by eeyipes; Dec 4th, 2012 at 01:48 PM.
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    The only way it could hurt your rankings (assuming it is a competitor site and not under your control) is that it could rank higher than you, and push you down a position.

    It is not likely to hurt your rankings.

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