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I have a primary domain that houses my web site.  I have another domain that I'd like to use for marketing purposes, but it should pull up the primary domain when selected in search engine results.  Let me describe:

My primary domain is fine, but sometimes can detract from visitors coming to the site based on the name.  I'd like to use the secondary domain name, which will not detract visitors.  Here's what I don't understand.  When I perform a search in Google, I see a brief description of the article with each result.  If I use this second domain, is there any way to have that description still appear, even those the article is actually on the primary domain?  Make sense?

Thanks for your help,

Azyet28
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just have the secondary domain as a forwarding domain.

DO NOT duplicate the sites content. This is bad practise....

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If the second domain is a forwarding domain, two question:

1.  Will search engines index this domain?
2.  If #1 is yes, then there will not be any description provided for the articles.  With that said, how will this domain ever get called in search engines if there are no content on that domain?

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Azyet28
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a forwarding domain is just a forwarding domain, with my forwarding domain i have the option to give it a description meta and keywords and titles. This is located in the control panel of the people who i bought my forwarding domain from.

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Ok so if I give it a title, description, meta and keywords, this still will not pull the articles correct.

My situation is this.  The primary site is a church web site, but I want to provide articles that can be indexed by search engines that will attract people to the site.  I don't want to distract people from comeing to the site b/c they see that the article is from a church (the domain plainly says a church).  My secondary domain is generic and does not suggestion any religious origin.  Rather than building a second website, I want to just get them to my site using the secondary domain and then once their are there, we can begin presenting the information.  Does that make sense?
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yes but is this then not trying to trick the user into getting to your site.

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Hmm, tricking no.  For example.  If I have an article on mariage or health, my article will be written  by a physician, counselor so the information is sound.  The only thing is that when you do a search for health and wellness (for ex.), I don't want you to know read the article b/c the domain has church in it.  I'm not trying to trick anyone, but I also want to make sure that they come to the site for what they are looking for.  

From a technical side, is this possible?
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Yes i see what you mean.

I feel that people will not judge a site based on the url.

unless this has been tried and tested by yourself.
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I've not tested this for this site, but my experience has showned that when someone is looking through search results, they often look to see where the article is coming from (ex. to insure it is/not a forum, porn site, etc...).  

So other than forwarding (which will not provide the preview of the article), is there any other options?
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have a splash page for the new domain with a 301 redirect on it to the other domain.

Thanks

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ShaneJones, I believe this is going to accomplish what I need.  Thanks.
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