Hi Darrin (and others):
This is so cool to have a chat for SEO, thank you!
I was wondering what the best way to handle two URLs both pointing to the same website?
Use a permanent redirect so it doesn't look like duplicate content (just in case).
in htaccess something like this
RedirectPermanent / http://www.domain.com/
in the domain that you want to point to the other.
This is what I do anyhoo, when I have .com and .co.uk and want them to both point at the same place.
I think if you set up a permanent redirect then it's a legitimate reason. After all you're not duplicating content nor using it as some kind of feeder site. It's simply a permanent redirect. In fact I believe (although I'm not sure) that google even passes PR via a 301 (permanent redirect).
Yes, one of my clients decided to get a new url, the day after he went live... we did a redirect and used his original url for DMOZ and Google. Also, an editor at the DMOZ told me he could only have 1 url listed; otherwise he gets banned. The redirect allowed the client to use his fav url on t-shirts, etc and no one is the wiser.
The editor made it very clear to only use 1 url in the directory, and not the redirected one!
Also, it would have required we pay for a new SSL cert, Wells Fargo acct, etc.
hope this helps, we could have avoided all the mess by strangling the client, since he already paid. But this worked out better, since we have new work with him 8)
I want to discuss this problem.
This is the Case:
One website has multiple domains pointing to the same content (it is all on the same CMS)
the CMS contains somewhere around 10.000 pages
All of the domains have some pages indexed, but not all. Due the duplicate content penalty filter.
But this website are some times ranking as #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 since there is a lot of pages with these keyword. If they had only been using one domain they would only have the #1 and #2.