Originally posted by Bluegirl
Will the search engines allow me to have multiple URL's pointing to the same site? Is there a limit to how many?
Can I have a simple one page site with a short message pointing people to my main site. Perhaps it would be my old site which had moved, or a URL that I bought mainly for that purpose.
Sure, you could do that. The search engine consideration is that an important factor in ranking for all major search engines is the number of links pointing to a page. If you create a one-page site that has no real content -- just as a pointer to your main site -- it would be hard to get good search engine rankings for competitive keywords, because there'd likely be few links to it. On the other hand, the link [i]fromi/i] it could have some (probably small) effect on the rankings of your main site.
From the search engine standpoint, you'd want to avoid having many of these sites if you want to avoid risking being penalized.
"Multiple URLs pointing to the same site" is a little different. Search engines generally try to filter out duplicate content, and from their perspective two URLs which deliver the same content is simply duplication. In general their goal would be to index only one of them.