SEO-Is the same content posted under different TLDs a problem?
Is the same content posted under different TLDs considered content duplication? We are an international company with a similar website in several countries, all in English. Atreyu, Spain
MATT CUTTS: Today’s questioncomes from Atreyu in Spain who
asks, is the same content postedunder different TLDs,
that’s Top Level Domains,considered content
We are an international companywith a similar website
in several countries,all in English.
So this is pretty interesting.
If you had five or six domainnames and they all ended in
.com, and they all were almostidentical content, then in
theory, our algorithms wouldtypically detect that as
duplicate and usually just showone example instead of
five or six.
If you have them on differentTLDs, so for example, .uk,
.ca, .nz, .au, so all of thesecountries where you expect to
find English content, but theunits of currency might be
different or things like that.
Then we might or might notduplicate them depending on
the exact content withineach page.
But usually, there’s going tobe a small number of TLDs.
So it’s not as if that’s goingto be hundreds of domains.
It’s going to be like fouror five domains.
So that tends to benot a problem.
If you think about how spammersoperate, they tend to
look for the cheapest domainsthat they can get.
And they want to massproduce them.
And a spammer tends not to spamin a lot of different
TLDs, .fr, .de, .nl, allthat sort of stuff.
They tend to stick to oneparticular Top Level Domain.
Because it’s a lot more hassle,it’s a lot more work.
Sometimes it’s a lot more timeand money to register domains
in multiple countries.
So spammers at least tendto stick to one TLD.
And if you see the same contenton a small number of
country TLDs, that tendsto be a real business.
Not necessarily someone tryingto trick the search engines.
There’s easier ways to try tothrow up duplicate content
than buying the same domainname in a lot
of different countries.
So for the most partyou should be
in pretty good shape.
Do make sure thatit is localized.
So spell things the way thatsomeone in the United Kingdom
would spell them.
Or make sure that your currencyunits are correct.
Check on those sortsof details.
But in general, I wouldn’tworry about that being
classified as spam.