December 14, 2011
I'm a reader and fan of your newsletter from its start. Remember when Meta keywords were the "secret" to effective SEO?
I have a question I would appreciate some help on. We are registering a second domain name. We don't plan to use it now (it will not have any content to be indexed), but if someone types the URL, we want to redirect the visitor to our current site. From an SEO standpoint, can I use Network Solution's "forwarding service" without negative impact?
It depends on what Network Solution's forwarding service consists of. If they're 301-redirecting the additional domain to your current one, then that would be fine. Most other solutions are not ideal. Many hosting services and registrars don't 301-redirect, however, so be sure to check that out. If they don't, you can always just do your own redirect at the server level instead.
BTW, Meta keywords were never really the secret to SEO success, but I do remember when people thought they were! :)
Hope this helps.
Jill Whalen is the CEO of High Rankings, an SEO Services Company in the Boston, MA area since 1995. Follow her on Twitter @JillWhalen
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