About duplicated content and test website? SEO problem

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Hello,

We currently renew our company website with new content and design.

Our developer has created a test website with a new domain.
The test website for developing purposes to add the new content and prepare the new design; so that when everything is complete, we will be publish to the real company website.

My question is:

Will this considered as duplicated content when we publish to the real website?

The new content has been published to the test website and some of the content is already appeared on google search.

The test website is two weeks old only.

I am afraid when we publish to the real website, the new content will not rank because google will consider it as duplicated content (even though it is our content but in test website).

I would like to get your recommendations.

Do you recommend me to shut down the test website?

If I close the test website, what about the content? can I published it in the real website? or has google already marked it as existing content and I need to create new one?

Also, what the developer should have done instead of creating test website this way?
Is there another method to test website during the development phase without affecting the original website?


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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    I assume the test website will no longer exist. In that case, it couldn't possibly be duplicate content.

    I find it very odd that a test website was discovered by Google. You wouldn't submit it to Search Console and you wouldn't link to it anywhere (unless you did on Facebook or somewhere to show people what you were doing - if so, that was a mistake). Minus those two things, Google would never know the site exists.

    By the way, duplicate content ranks all over the web. The myth about duplicate content penalties is one that has been debunked over and over again - even by Google, themselves.
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    Originally Posted by MrProfit View Post

    My question is:

    Will this considered as duplicated content when we publish to the real website?
    No, it's not.
    1. If G. would think so, then some part of Internet would ceased to exist.
    2. Only copyrighted content would be considered duplicate and only if it's not
    uses accreditation but even then, that would be legal issue and not Internet related.

    Originally Posted by MrProfit View Post

    The new content has been published to the test website and some of the content is already appeared on google search.
    That known as Google Sandbox used by Google to keep websites visible
    in SERP but without ranking them. So, as soon crawler would find new site,
    it goes to the top sometimes to first 100 links.but not for long. It's sort of
    Google is telling you - 'hey, don't worry, we got you'.

    Originally Posted by MrProfit View Post

    I would like to get your recommendations.

    Do you recommend me to shut down the test website?
    Up to you but I would keep it around for a while and would use 301 later.
    The reason would be that new domain will be getting recognition and age
    at the same time if you decide to use it one day.

    If you keep test site, you can add to it
    <meta name="author" content="your site">

    Originally Posted by MrProfit View Post

    If I close the test website, what about the content? can I published it in the real website? or has google already marked it as existing content and I need to create new one?
    Stop worrying, your site would be fine.

    Originally Posted by MrProfit View Post

    Also, what the developer should have done instead of creating test website this way?
    Is there another method to test website during the development phase without affecting the original website?
    Well, this is the only way to test-run new web site.



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