What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site?
Can you please tell me if launching a .co.uk version of an English .com site can cause problems with ranking in Google SERPs?
We have a .com eCommerce site with 100,000+ indexed pages. The site is many years old and has a page rank of 5 so it has a long history and lots of links.
We launched a .co.uk version which used the same content for about 50,000 products, but uses pounds sterling and UK pricing.
Within two weeks, we went from getting 2,000 visitors a day to our .com site down to about 60 visitors per day.
We have been struggling with this issue for the past 30 days and it's costing us a lot of money. We had not considered the possibility that a .co.uk site could cause this big a problem.
The main .com website is still well indexed and crawled, but seems to have been filtered out of search results. The .co.uk site shows up in the US searchers on Google.com and the .com site seems to be in the more results section.
Could this be the problem we are dealing with? Could the .com site be suffering from a filter that shows the co.uk site instead. If so, do you have any suggestions on what we can do to remedy the situation.