I did work for a client many years ago now which was to create a database driven version of their original website. Now I'm no SEO expert, I merely provided the features to let them update all the necessary parts of the page to help change rankings. However the client did not want to de-commission their old site, they instead wanted them to run alongside each other on a slightly different domain but selling mostly the same products (although one is much more up to date than the other).
After trying many things with various SEO companies my client still cannot get the new site to rank highly and is even having a hard time getting the homepage recognized by Google properly.
I have a feeling it is because the two URLs are very similar and they are selling the same content under the same name so Google does not think nicely of the new site. So my question is:
- Does Google do this?
- and if so is there anyway of proving this to the client? The reason I ask is because I'm sure my client would be worried about de-commisioning a higher ranking website over a lower ranking site.