Google Forgotten “Data Center” – Ggoogle.com


Today I found quite an interesting “data center” of Google and this is http://ggoogle.com.

The first thing that stunned me is that ggoogle.com doesn’t redirect to google.com. All the pages remain with the domain ggoogle.com including the advertising program and so on. We could say Google could be accused by their own rules – duplicate content.

I’m wondering what Matt Cutts thinks about that.

ggoogle1.jpg

Further more I’ve conducted some searches and it seams that the main index is updated but the images index isn’t.

Here is an example with Digg.com.

The Google Images Index Results 1 – 20 of about 3,930 for site:digg.com. (0.04 seconds)
The Ggogle Images Index Results 1 – 20 of about 725 for site:.digg.com. (0.02 seconds)

With MSN

Google Images Index Results 1 – 20 of about 396,000 for site:msn.com. (0.04 seconds)
Ggoogle Images Index Results 1 – 20 of about 192,000 for site:msn.com. (0.07 seconds)

Very big differences in the “relevant results”.

The domain ggoogle.com is registered by google.com and has their nameservers:

Registrar: MARKMONITOR, INC.
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Dates: Created 04-jul-2000 Updated 06-nov-2006 Expires 04-jul-2007
DNS Servers: NS2.GOOGLE.COM NS1.GOOGLE.COM NS3.GOOGLE.COM NS4.GOOGLE.COM

I’m wondering what marketing specialists Wolf Howl and Shoemoney have to say about this.
Is this a forgotten data center? Is this duplicate content? How is a mistake like this possible?

What’s your opinion?

later update

Thanks to a digg user utcursch

Google owns most of their typos (gogle, gogole, gooogle etc)

Some of these will redirect you to google. For eg. the following redirect me to http://www.google.co.in/

http://gewgle.com/

http://googlecom.com/

Some others don’t redirect to google. For eg.

http://www.gppgle.com/

http://gewgol.com/

GGoogle.com belongs to the second category.


Comments

  1. null says:

    If you do a simple DNS query, you will see that ggoogle.com == google.com.

    http://www.ggoogle.com. 86400 IN CNAME http://www.google.com.

    images.ggoogle.com. 345600 IN CNAME images.google.com.

    There is no duplicate data center. If anything, their web server may be misconfigured as it should look for *.ggoogle.com and redirect to *.google.com.

    Unsure why you got differing results for image searches, but I would try running the same search multiple times. Ensure the parameters for the URLs are the same.

    I get the exact same results from both sites:
    http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&gbv=2&q=site%3Adigg.com&btnG=Search
    http://images.ggoogle.com/images?hl=en&q=site%3Adigg.com&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2

  2. Zipway says:

    That’s not the only Google site like that, you know…:

    http://www.googlr.com

  3. Null, your search results may have been the same, but take a look at the text above the search box. I’m not saying that you’re wrong, but it’s a valid possibility that there are two web servers or virtual web servers with different configurations.

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