Thanks for giving us a chance to submit questions...
Let's say I own two nice websites... one about economics and one about widgets The economics site is an info site and the widgets site is retail. These have been on the web for several years.
Both of these sites have been on same server for a long time and although they have different IPs they are on same C block and are only a couple digits away from one another.
The economics site holds top turf for lots economics terms and the widgets site holds top turf for lots of widgets terms. Right now the widgets site gets two links from the economics site - one on the homepage as a sponsor and one on an interior page about widgets as a sponsor. There are no links from widgets to economics.
I was missing lots of sales because everybody who visits the economics site likes widgets.
I decided against giving widgets links from about 1/2 of the pages on economics that are most relevant. That would be hundreds of links and it would look like I am trying to manipulate rankings.
So, I built a store on economics and now it is starting to show up in the top ten for a lot of the widgets terms - beneath my widgets website.
Do you think that any of the SEs will penalize one or both of my sites because they are both in the SERPs for common search terms?
I don't want to do anything sneaky like hide my whois or move the servers around. There is nothing unethical about me owning two toy stores on the same street downtown. Is that a problem on the web? Should I do something different than the way it is set-up.
It's not the size of the dog in the fight that matters. It's the size of the fight in the dog.