Is this "blackhatting"?

digisel2003 Registered Users
edited April 2012 in Google
I have a site that covers merchants in the U.K. and USA.
The details of the content for each merchant is of course different.
But the layout and the content headings is the same for ALL merchants.
Currently you can choose to go to the US merchants or to the UK merchants.
I would like to split the merchants into one website for the US with its own url and one for the UK with its own url.
I would then have effectively two identical sites with the other editorial content being mirrored on each site.
The only difference would be the details in each merchant record.
Will Google and Bing (Yahoo) see these as duplicated sites and blackhat them.
Very important question for me.
Thanks

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  • adamgilchrist2012 Registered Users
    edited March 2012
    Yes its a Black Hat tricks. duplicate content, mirror site, keyword stuffing all of tricks is Black hat SEO.
  • neoanderson004 Registered Users
    edited March 2012
    To avoid such kind of things you should change the layout of the at least change the layout of the site and a little change in content too.
  • localnumberone 100 Post Club
    edited March 2012
    You can set one of them as your main site and you'll recieve traffic from one of them which you can select on your own needs. You can do that but putting canonical tag.
  • mrelk159 Registered Users
    edited March 2012
    Yes this is all blackhat seo, I personally do not like the idea of black hat to each their own.
  • Folmand Moderators
    edited March 2012
    If you for an example make the US version the primary main page, you enter when going to site - then you can ad a noindex meta tag for UK version - this will fix DC issue.
  • cristinsmith45 Registered Users
    edited March 2012
    I have a site that covers merchants in the U.K. and USA.
    The details of the content for each merchant is of course different.
    But the layout and the content headings is the same for ALL merchants.
    Currently you can choose to go to the US merchants or to the UK merchants.
    I would like to split the merchants into one website for the US with its own url and one for the UK with its own url.
    I would then have effectively two identical sites with the other editorial content being mirrored on each site.
    The only difference would be the details in each merchant record.
    Will Google and Bing (Yahoo) see these as duplicated sites and blackhat them.
    Very important question for me.
    Thanks

    Yes my dear friend it is blackhatting. befire search engine take action against you mind your way.
  • JamesRampage Registered Users
    edited April 2012
    Yes its a Black Hat tricks. duplicate content, mirror site, keyword stuffing all of tricks is Black hat SEO.

    LOL Yes its black hat. I like the fact that you do it with knowing that is black hat.
  • Caleb Mann Registered Users, Facebook Connected
    edited April 2012
    it sounds pretty black hat to me!
  • gobi Registered Users
    edited April 2012
    Like everybody pointed out, yes it's black hat seo.
    What you could do is like localnumberone said, set the robots.txt to noindex one of them. But that will back you up in SERP.
    What I would do is check other site's what they've done with setting up 2 languages.
    Maybe use stop words in the US version content that it's likely to be duplicate. That will keep the keywords going and it's a different content for the search engine. (use stop words for US because, in US en there are used more stop words than in UK en) Visitor or user side it's the same content, make sure the customer understands what are you trying to sell.
  • pinnaclewebs Registered Users
    edited April 2012
    HI,
    I full agree with...


    digisel2003
    I have a site that covers merchants in the U.K. and USA.
    The details of the content for each merchant is of course different.
    But the layout and the content headings is the same for ALL merchants.
    Currently you can choose to go to the US merchants or to the UK merchants.
    I would like to split the merchants into one website for the US with its own url and one for the UK with its own url.
    I would then have effectively two identical sites with the other editorial content being mirrored on each site.
    The only difference would be the details in each merchant record.
    Will Google and Bing (Yahoo) see these as duplicated sites and blackhat them.
    Very important question for me.
    Thanks...
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