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My Question is this:

I have a primary domain (assume it's domain.com).

Now I parked domain-static.com on domain.com.

The idea is that static content (images, JS, CSS) is served from domain-static.com,
and domain-static.com passes through a CDN which is where the difference is between the domains. The reason is that browsers limit simultaneous downloads from the same domain so I think it should speed up the site more than routing all requests through a CDN.

The static domain is actually parked on top of domain.com, but all static content on the website is served through static-domain.com

There shouldn't be a case where HTML pages are served from domain-static.com or really for anything Google downloads (except for images which it will download for Google Images)

But I'm asking about the regular Google search, can domain.com get penalized for some reason for parking domain-static.com on domain.com?

If this is so, one possibility I thought of is adding an .htaccess rule that doesn't let any dynamic content be served from the static domain, so there isn't a possibility of Google downloading dynamic content from the domain-static.com, which can eliminate dynamic content.

What do you think I should do?

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I'm not sure you understood me, I don't want the parked domain (i.e www.domain-static.com) to show up in Google Search Results, (possibly in Google Images, but I don't really care about that).

Then put the noindex/nofollow tag on your site

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That's probably the best way, I'll need to do a condition in the header php file that will check the host name and output this tag for the parked domain. That's probably the best solution, simple but works, thank you. –  fiftyeight Oct 10 '11 at 19:53

It's ok to park one domain on another as long as the domain doesn't have a bad history (part of a link farm, serving malware, etc) and you can't pull up content from the main domain with the parked domains URL (duplicate content issues).

If the parked domain has a bad history it may affect the main domain if Google can associate the two as being part of the same network (they can do this by checking domain registration or seeing the both serve up the same content). So if the parked domain has a bad reputation I wouldn't park in on top of the main domain.

If you do choose to park it on the main domain make sure you do a 301 redirect from the parked domain to the main domain. That way you prevent content from being available with multiple URLs.

If you do park it on the main domain make sure you change it to be a basic landing page about 90 days before you launch as Google may have issues picking up the new site (source)

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I'm not sure you understood me, I don't want the parked domain (i.e www.domain-static.com) to show up in Google Search Results, (possibly in Google Images, but I don't really care about that). I just want to use it to serve static content and nothing else, it will only serve pictures, CSS and JavaScript. –  fiftyeight Oct 10 '11 at 1:54

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