What to do With my Extra Domain Names

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Many years ago, when I launched my company ZZZZClothing.com (that's not the real name), I also bought ZZZZClothes, ClothingZZZ, CheapZZZZClothing etc. so that no one else would get them.

Then I put up a one page site at each with a link to my name site ZZZZClothing.com.

But now I see that moz.com says that those one page sites have a high spam ranking and Google may be penalizing me for those. Someone also said to me that Google will not penalize me if I have multiple domain names all resolving to my main site.

So is that right? Should I remove those one page (worthless) sites and point all the spare names to my main site?
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    the domains are basically worthless. I would just let them expire and focus on something of value

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  • Profile picture of the author DavidFeldman
    Well, I do get click-throughs from them so I wouldn't say they are worthless.

    And I'm not focusing on them--just wondering if I should update the DNS or not. That's pretty simple.
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  • Profile picture of the author shmol
    If I may ask

    Are you getting sales from the clicks you are getting from those extra domains.

    Because if you are, I would keep them, it not, I would get rid of them.

    Hope this Helps
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by DavidFeldman View Post

    So is that right?

    David,

    What I can tell you is simply this: be careful who you listen to and what "advice" you accept online as being the truth. People, even experts and "gurus," proclaim this and that while never having checked to see if their suggestions are actually the truth.

    If I were in your shoes, I would invest a little time (that's all it should take) to check with Google and see what their position is on this practice. Then you will know for sure.

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  • Profile picture of the author Julio
    Hello David,

    Just redirect the domains from the registrar to your main domain name. IF you really don't need them just redirect them and then let them expire and save yourself the yearly fee.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    Originally Posted by DavidFeldman View Post

    Many years ago, when I launched my company ZZZZClothing.com (that's not the real name), I also bought ZZZZClothes, ClothingZZZ, CheapZZZZClothing etc. so that no one else would get them.

    Then I put up a one page site at each with a link to my name site ZZZZClothing.com.
    You're diluting your brand, regardless of the click-throughs you might be getting from these one-page sites.

    Concentrate on ZZZZClothing.com. If you want, you can grab the .net and .org domains (if available) and perhaps a country-specific TLD if you're outside the US, and redirect them to your main site. But the important thing is, ZZZZClothing is the only name your customers should be remembering when they think of you or your products.

    Forget about whether anybody else might register a similar name. ZZZZ is your trademark.
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