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Domain Forwarding And Seo


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#1 gardener42

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 10:06 AM

Hi,

I just bought an expired domain name after a competitor's domain expired. For two years, I have owned the version with dashes.

my-site.com <example>

I just purchased the mysite.com version. It has about 250 links pointing to it (mysite.com). I just setup domain forwarding from the new mysite.com to my-site.com.

I've read that domain forwarding is not regarded highly by Google. Is there a way to capitalize on some extra traffic and links that are already out there for the mysite.com version and give my existing site (my-site) a boost in rankings?

Thank you in advance for any suggestions.

John

#2 Michael Martinez

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 12:56 PM

I think it depends on the domain forwarding. If you have only done this once and you did it because the other domain was very close to your own, you should be fine. I suspect Google would at most only stop the links from passing value if they feel they are not relevant to your current site.

#3 Jill

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Posted 07 September 2011 - 03:44 PM

Typically you want it to show a 301 http header response.

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 05:05 AM

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I've read that domain forwarding is not regarded highly by Google.
And that is completely wrong.

They do not like redirects that are "sneaky", such as ones done using javascript to "fool" search engines, other than that it shouldn't be a problem.

#5 gardener42

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 07:39 PM

My sincere thanks to all of you; you've given me great advice.

Cheers!

John




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