There are a few ways that you can make your website live for everyone on Earth to see. But some, and even your friendly, most popular providers (without naming names) are doing it totally wrong (and we’ll go over why)… Let me preface that we are green in every way possible…
change your domain’s A Record to an IP Address of a server that is hosting your domain’s files (DIRECT CONNECTION)
change the value of your domain’s nameservers to the unique nameservers of a DNS manager that then points your A Record to an IP Address of a server that is hosting your domain’s files (DIRECT CONNECTION)
forwarding/pointing your domain to another URL holding content that looks like it should be hosted on your domain… but its NOT! dun dun duuuuuuuun!!!! You could also refer to this as Duplicate Content! Google will now mostly index the URL that your domain is pointing to instead of your own domain. Now sometimes Google will index both BUT because there are now TWO of your sites, you still won’t receive as good of a ranking because now Google sees the duplicate content that… OUCH! HURTS YOUR SEO!
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ARTICLES… READ ON…
When Network Solutions forwards your domain name with masking, the Web site is placed inside a frame. If the Web site you are forwarding to has Frame Busting built in, it will break the Network Solutions frame and the masking will not work.
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Domain mirroring/masking is sometimes called a pointer domain. It looks like it is the domain name when it is used in a browser, but it is simply a mask overlaying the real domain name and its content. When someone types in www.domain.com, it’s really forwarding to domain.blogspot.com without the address changing in the address bar. The user continues to see www.domain.com in the address bar, although the site and its contents are really from domain.blogspot.com.
Domain cloaking uses an iframe or embedded frameset to display the content of another site.
When a company acquires additional domain names, they should be permanently redirected to the main domain name—the one, central location on the Web for all of the company’s or brand’s content.
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Another bigger issue that I should have considered is how “masking” affects my ranking by the search engines. How well my site ranks in the search engines determines whether or not it will be returned in the results page of an Internet search and even if it will be returned at all. If my sites don’t rank well, I’ll get fewer visitors “organically”.
After some research, I realized that masking my redirected domain name creates the perception of duplicate content. Search engines like Google hate duplicate content.
By masking one of my domain names, Google and the other search engines saw the two different addresses, http://www.keepupwiththeweb.com and http://www.keepupweb.com as two different sites with identical content. If I had left it that way, the search engines could simply pick just one of my two domain names to index – which would result in my losing the traffic to the other domain name in my rankings. They could also penalize me in other ways.
Don’t believe us? Again, we’ll show you the full article and proof…
And finally, a great explanation from Godaddy!
Domain name forwarding lets you automatically direct your domain name’s visitors to a different website.
Masking prevents visitors from seeing your domain name forwarding by keeping your domain name in the Web browser’s address bar.
Let’s look at this example of how you can configure forwarding.
To forward or mask your domain name, you must use our nameservers. For more information, see Setting Nameservers for Your Domain Names.
For your domain name to forward, its A record must be pointed to 184.108.40.206.
If you want your visitors to be able to go to your domain name with or without the www prefix, you need to forward your domain name to use www.
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