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#1 lister

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 01:07 PM

I changed the content for a website and domain I had. I re-directed a new domain name to the old site and changed the content.

The problem is that the new content ranks well but google shows the old domain that I wanted to drop...

Any suggestion how to completely drop the old domain?

(Hope that makes sense!)





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Posted 22 November 2009 - 01:08 PM

Sounds like you either didn't use a proper 301-redirect, or you're just not giving it enough time.

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 04:04 PM

QUOTE(Jill @ Nov 22 2009, 06:08 PM) View Post
Sounds like you either didn't use a proper 301-redirect, or you're just not giving it enough time.


Could be both of the above - anyone know how best to check if my 301-redirect is working ok?

THANKS

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Posted 22 November 2009 - 08:58 PM

Basically just run a url or two that's supposed to be redirecting through a header checker to see what response code the server is sending. There are several of these online, to the point that I even built on that's here.

Or if it's something you're going to be checking into often I use and recommend a freebie application called WebBug that you can search for an download. If you use WebBug make sure to check HTTP Ver 1.1. It defaults to Version 1.0 and that one was incredibly buggy with response messages.

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 02:10 PM

Hi Randy, thanks very much. Your header tool is very useful.

The result for the NEW domain name and URL through your system was: Status Code Returned: 200 (which I understand is a successful request).

Does this mean that over time, the new domain that I am pointing to the web hosting, (hosted on an old domain name) will eventually be shown in the SERPs?

Hope that makes sense and again thanks for your help. Regards, Lister

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 03:44 PM

You want to run the OLD domain through the tool, not the new one. The old one should show a 301 if it's done correctly. (200 is correct for the new domain, but not the old one.)

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 10:43 AM

QUOTE(Jill @ Nov 23 2009, 08:44 PM) View Post
You want to run the OLD domain through the tool, not the new one. The old one should show a 301 if it's done correctly. (200 is correct for the new domain, but not the old one.)


D'Oh.

Sorry!

Yes, I checked the OLD domain and according to Randy's excellent machine:

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HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
Connection: close
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 15:23:25 GMT
Server: Microsoft-IIS/6.0
X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
Location: http://www.new-domain.com/
Cache-Control: private
Content-Length: 0


So all is good.

So, why does google still want to render my OLD domain for the NEW title tags and SEO with the new domain?

THANKS...

I guess the answer is a question of time?

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Posted 24 November 2009 - 11:13 AM

Yup, it's more than likely just a time thing.

You can help to spur the switch on a bit by revisiting some of the folks who link to the old site and see if you can get them to update their links so that they point to the new domain location.

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 03:06 AM

QUOTE(Randy @ Nov 24 2009, 04:13 PM) View Post
Yup, it's more than likely just a time thing.

You can help to spur the switch on a bit by revisiting some of the folks who link to the old site and see if you can get them to update their links so that they point to the new domain location.


Thanks Randy. The good news with that is that very few people linked to me - it was a project that never really took off....

Thanks again,.





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