I only found one question similar to mine, but it is for Yahoo search. Mine is regarding Google. My question is also a little extensive.
Background: I created a website for a client. In order to test it and check the client was happy before publishing, I would upload the website (from VS) to my Azure hosting account via Publish. When it was complete, I would publish to mine, and then I would log into my client and publish the exact same website. They were identical. The dot. Every white space was identical.
My client has his domain from GoDaddy and paid for the extra service of search engine visibility. I had submitted his website to Google and told himto wait a few days before finding it.
To my suprise, I found my website on Google because it came up with the same description. Im not confused as to why it was on Google, but I am confused as to why my webiste was significally higher in the rankings. I think mine was on page 2 and his was on 4 or 5.
Why and how did this happen? Some information:
It's one project on VS that was published to two different hosting accounts. So it cant be anything to do with some settings or hidden files. Also same keywords, text, alt tags etc. The ranking would be the same when it came to these kind of things.
Neither of us have an SSL.
Both websites are hosted on the same company (Azure) on different accounts.
Both our domains (on separate accounts) are on GoDaddy
- He pays for extra for SE visibility. I dont.
- His domain name includes key words searched. Mine is my own portfolio so no relevent key words to his company within the domain name.
Question: Why is my website significally higher in ranking?
In addition: I have since updated some text in the website description, as I noticed on his, Google was showing the description with a typo. I fixed this. I have also updated my own website to something completely new. It's a new project so even things like meta data would not be left behind.
However, Google was STILL showing the typo in the description to his website (so basically Google hadn't been updated) and my website still ranked higher than his.
I went to HIS goDaddy and resubmitted the website. The typo hassince dissapeared. However my website is still showing and ranking higher than his. Although I must say now he is only one behind me now. (i.e if Im number 12 he is number 13 and on the same page) I cant do a submit because I never did one in the first place. So how did Google find my website originally, and when will it update? It's been about 3 weeks.
To clarify: my website now is "Coming soon" with no content. And I published this on a new hosting account (just moved over the domain). So I cannot do any redirect, 303, or anything else because that copy of his website on my account no longer exists