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Short New Name Feeding A Long Aged Name

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#1 LarryB713


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Posted 02 August 2014 - 03:41 PM

Say I have a long, aged domain from 1999, named catfoodandaccessories.com. I want to buy a brand new name - catacc.com which resolves to the longer and older SEO site, for customers who want to shorten their typing when they go to my site. Is that okay? Do the search engines frown on this? The catacc is not a working site - just a short way of getting my customers to the site with the longer name. The same would go for email. I would just use the catacc domain in writing emails.

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 05:47 PM

The search engines do not care as long as you're making it clear to them that the short domain name redirects to the long domain name.

If, however, you want both domain names to appear in the search results and still use the redirect, the search engines will consider that to be a low-quality experience.

There is no SEO advantage to using either a short or a long domain name. The search engines are as likely to show either in their search results for relevant queries.

Using short domain names useful for helping people remember how to get to a site without having to search for it.

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 06:31 PM

Thanks, Michael. So is that a simple case of domain forwarding at the Godaddy level, or is it a 301 re-direct? Also, does it matter if there are more than one domains being done that way, like that of catacc?

Edited by LarryB713, 02 August 2014 - 06:31 PM.

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 08:51 AM

You want it to provide a 301 response. How you get that to happen doesn't matter.

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