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10-21-2004, 04:07 PM
We've had a domain for several years (domain 1). Recently, we acquired another domain name (domain 2) that's similar. We're using GoDaddy's domain masking feature to direct domain 2 traffic to the original domain.
GoDaddy accomplishes this by creating a frameset with our domain 1 in the content frame. You can view this here: http://www.jdimo.com/frameinfo.gif
Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
10-21-2004, 04:20 PM
avoid frames, search engines don't like them. Neither do I.
It doesn't matter what register you use, but why don't you just forward your domain on godaddy.
Meaning whenever someone types in
they go to
This way you don't have 2 sites with duplicate content (spammy), plus no frames.
10-21-2004, 04:24 PM
The SEs may not see past the frame. This means all they will pick up will be any TITLE and META keywords that GoDaddy has allowed you to specify with the forwarding.
Earlier this year I took over a site that had almost zero visibility on SEs. This was because it consisted of one giant frameset, and only the front page was indexed by the likes of Google.
What might work better is to park the domain. That way, both versions of the URL look the same - with the full site visible to the SEs. You would need to check with whoever whosts your site, to see how this could be done.
10-21-2004, 08:59 PM
Frames are a no brainer and no biggie. The primary Problem is, most people who use them don't know how to get the "framed" link pages indexed for ranking purposes without avoiding serp issues. Then the secondary problem is making sure those pages are actually ranked/indexed with sites your looking at.
Why I personally won't link with a framed site as I'm not going to work extra hard to see if the framed pages are indexed and ranked. Not unless the site owner makes it easy by providing links to the pages without the frames.
However, if you know what you're doing, you can rank very very very well with framed pages as the internal pages consist primarily of keyword rich met, text and anchor text. The most important aspect is forcing frames on an internal page so your visitor doesn't find this lonely bland page with words, links and not much else.
People that say frames suck for search engines don't know what they're talking about. They're actually one of the most effective ways to rank well for search terms, (see above), and you can do a great deal of "magic" with them in terms of appearance.
They get a bad rapp cause most people don't know how to set them up to be indexed and effective. Even if you know what your doing, since they have a bad rapp with tech challenged webmasters, you can't get quality link partners.
The first site I built was a frames based site for mortgage. The site ranked in the top ten for 20 something search phrases and the top 30 for over 45 phrases. (two and three keywords) All on internal pages. The only linking I had was internal. I didn't know what a "link partner" was....lol I sold that site for a pretty penny to my employer who then forwarded the domain to the .com address and got..you guessed it, no more traffic
With regard to your issue, I agree, forward the spare domain. You only need one site to rank well for whatever you're doing and odds say you will get busted with duplicate content/redirect. This will happen from either your competition checking up on you cause you're doing well (the usual way) or the serp actually bust you (not likely)and manually impose a penalty of simply dropping you from being found in the search engines.
Contrary to popular myth, you've got to be reaaaaaaaally bad in black arts to get your business site out right banned. Gray stuff will just result in your pages not being in the index any longer until you take corrective actions or your pages being excluded from results.
Yes, yes, this is from experience...lol That's why I have "experimental" sites to test these things out with. Don't you?[/url]
10-25-2004, 10:04 AM
I took over a frames site, and while I was reconstructing it, I kept up with my backlink quest. I had difficulty in some regards as other webmasters wanted to link to a specific inner page and was challenged to find the right URL and have the page display properly. In one example, the webmaster published a description "an annoying frames site, but contains useful information about ______..."