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How Long Might This Caching/indexing Problem Go On?


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#1 Say Yebo

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 08:44 PM

My client was forced to sell his primary domain name and we had to publish his site to a new domain name without the benefit of 301 redirects.

Now his keywords bring up his old domain name in the SERPS (which now takes you to a hosting site holding page).

Is there any way to get these pages out of Google's index, or will Google realize there's no site there anymore next time it attempts to index the site?

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 06:19 AM

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or will Google realize there's no site there anymore next time it attempts to index the site
No, because there IS a page there, it's simply a different one.


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Posted 27 August 2010 - 02:32 PM

They may determine the site is no longer relevant for the terms it is showing up for when they discover the page content has changed, and it could eventually disappear from the SERP's in that respect, depending on the links into the URL.

Sounds like your client must have been doing something shady, to be forced to sell his primary domain name without the opportunity to set some 301 redirects in place before losing it, and now he is paying the price.

Maybe you could create a web page in the new site explaining what occurred with the old domain name, introducing the new one, adding that original domain name in your page content somewhere. If people enter the original domain name in a search (rather than the address bar), it is possible your new URL will come up in the results.

I know of someone being forced to change their domain name by Microsoft because it contained the words Excel and Access, they have been cracking down on that lately. But they will have time to implement a proper 301 rather than being forced to sell the domain name and losing hosting services.



#4 Say Yebo

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:34 PM

Catz I'm hoping that will be the case - it ill be dropped for lack of relevant content. But it hasn't happened yet.

Actually, their situation wasn't shady at all...it was related to a split-up of the company and they lost the domain name due to issues in the contract. Pity.




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