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Redirecting Similar Domain Names
Posted 22 May 2007 - 08:14 AM
1. Does Google consider this to be an acceptable practice?
2. Any negative considerations?
Posted 22 May 2007 - 08:36 AM
FWIW, those domains are not going to end up being in the SERPs because of the 301 redirect. But you can sometimes get some type in traffic and it's a decent way to protect your brand if the alternate domain names are similar to your main domain.
Posted 22 May 2007 - 09:35 AM
Posted 22 May 2007 - 12:55 PM
Even if neither domain is subject to the aging delay, changing the URL of existing pages (which is what will happen if you change the domain name), could affect rankings for a least a couple of months while the SEs sort out the effects of the changes.
You definitely want to use a redirect (301 or 302, depending on whether you should be following Scottie's advice I linked to above), but you also need to get as many of the outside links as possible pointing to the correct domain. The SEs are pretty good about handling redirects properly nowadays, but they haven't always been, and I wouldn't want to hang my hopes on the idea that they always will be going forward. Glitches happen.
Posted 28 May 2007 - 09:40 AM
Posted 28 May 2007 - 09:49 AM
Yes, it would be.
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