What’s your take on “addon domains”?

What’s your take on “addon domains?” Does Google penalize someone for having one or more addon domains on their main website, (or if they’re self-hosting)? eg If you saw 2, 5, or 10 websites all coming from the same IP address, would that be bad? Land Lubber, Colorado

25 Replies to “What’s your take on “addon domains”?”

  1. So if you have TOTALLY different sites it’s best to buy DIFFERENT independent hosting for each?

  2. @CitricSquid Same ip means nothing many hosts run thousands of sites from one ip .. IP’s are irrelevant apart from location determination .

  3. What about this one:

    I have +20 related domains, I started developing few days ago.
    Very the same niche.
    But they have completely different and quality content, different template,.
    The duplicate is in title, meta description of the sites.

    Will they get penalty ?

  4. @vxcriss That’s correct. It’s ok to have a few websites on the same IP range, but if you have 100 sites on the same IP range it’s going to be a negative for SEO.

  5. @nnnick03 As long as your sites are not interlinking then you should be fine. Google will only penalize you if you try and boost your link backs between sites all from the same IP.

  6. @CitricSquid that was my question too. I have 5 or so sites on the same hosting account as add-on domains, so 4 of them are under the subdirectory of the first website I registered with the hosting company. The sites have nothing to do with each other, different names, etc. My question is – would those other 4 sites be better off on a seperate hosting account? Obviously a dedicated IP is best, but I can’t afford that for each blog/site I manage.

  7. Matt, you really missed the point of the question. He wasn’t asking about domain ALIASES, he was asking about multiple domains on the same IP address (ie, shared hosting).

    The short answer is, NO, Google doesn’t care if you have multiple sites that share the same IP address. While other considerations apply, the most significant issues you need to be concerned about is the quality or type of other sites sharing your IP and/or server, as this can cause your site either downtime or other issue

  8. Matt you say things in circles. I’ve noticed this for quite a lot of your videos. You repeat the same things over and over. I never find myself watching the entire video because halfway through I’ve heard everything you have to say. You might want to work on that.

  9. FU Matt, you dodged the REAL question!!! The guy asked you if Google cares or not if multiple websites come from the same IP address.

    And the answer I think to be true is YES, it matters, but only to some extent. I’m sure it’s fine to have multiple different sites on the same IP, while I’m sure that they will penalize having many similar sites on the same IP.

  10. I didn’t get the last part. If someone registers a domain name with “google” in it, how can Google do anything about it?

  11. I have a number of sites, all unrelated, spread across 2 servers and 2 IPs. I was going to purchase a large block of IPs to assign a different domain, maybe to or three, to each IP. So if I understan Matt correctly, the fact the sites are all different, each with unique layout and content, I don’t have to do so? Or am I misunderstanding what he is explaining?

  12. @drekaham it will crawl both regularly but if they link to each other then those links will probably be devalued because they know you own both sites… if your on shared ip with your host and it has bunch of spam then it may hurt… not affiliated with google but id guess this is close to what thed say

  13. what if i have 2 totally different sites? also that the main domain is a gaming site and the addon domain is a site with jokes. will google crawl the sites only as much as it would for one site or would it crawl like normal for 2?

  14. Overcomplicated and overall bad answer.

    Addon domains do not have to do anything with each other. And there is no restriction on the uniqueness (templates, styles, emails, etc) of each site if one of them is an addon.

    The only difference is that the addon domain is managed under the one hosting account, instead of being spread out across multiple accounts. Although you can still have multiple accounts if you wish too, but all under the same CPanel, or other manager as well.

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