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    Is there penalty when two websites share same content?

    My client has these two sites: webfirm.example.com and webfirm.com with the same content and layout. My question is: are there any penalties from search engine with this kind of situation? So far I don't have any effects on their ranking on search engine such as Google or Bing.

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    You probably should specify a canonical so google knows the most important between two near duplicated
    https://support.google.com/webmaster...r/139394?hl=en

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    I'm sorry, I forgot one thing: they're also in the same server, so I can differentiate their canonical, because they're actually the same, just different domain names.

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    My first question would be, why are they maintaining two identical sites? Why not just redirect one domain to the other?
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    My question is: are there any penalties from search engine with this kind of situation?
    No. Search engines do not penalise two identical sites - contrary to what you might have read elsewhere.

    .. any effects on their ranking
    Probably. Just because there is no penalty, that doesn't mean it's a sensible thing to do. At the very least, any incoming links will be split between the two sites, diluting any SEO benefits that the links bring with them - not to mention potentially confusing your customers and making more work for whoever maintains the sites.

    Unless you've got a particularly good reason for keeping the two sites, I'd suggest you go with TechnoBear's recommendation: promote one of the sites, and redirect to that site from the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikl View Post
    Probably. Just because there is no penalty, that doesn't mean it's a sensible thing to do. At the very least, any incoming links will be split between the two sites, diluting any SEO benefits that the links bring with them - not to mention potentially confusing your customers and making more work for whoever maintains the sites.
    Thank you, about split links, it's very logical..
    Unless you've got a particularly good reason for keeping the two sites, I'd suggest you go with TechnoBear's recommendation: promote one of the sites, and redirect to that site from the other.
    It's my client decision but I'll give this suggestion to them...

    Thank you again.

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    If the content is just duplicated once, it is not a big deal. However, there is no reason for you to maintain two sites that has identical content. That's a big mistake and waste of resources and time.

    Get your site organized and discard the less popular one if both are exactly the same.

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