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Domain redirect advice - help

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by 2surfcr, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. 2surfcr

    2surfcr Newbie

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    Greetings all,

    I will try to make snapshot as easy as possible of the current domain setups and then ask how to go about making the changes without causing much disruption in the two live sites.

    Domain1 is a review site and need to move it to another domain called Domain2 which is nothing but parked domain because I want to use Domain1 for a totally different website. So I need to get all of its content redirected to its new home on Domain2

    Question for the above: How long do I need to wait before I can add new content to Domain1?

    I am asking this because as soon as I get the Domain1 review content redirected to it new home on Domain2, I need to use Domain1 for a new site with totally different content.

    I hope this comes across well so you can help me. I wish I could draw what I want to do so the pictures would be more suggestive of the overall plan.

    I am hoping from the above explanation I can get some good advice.

    Thanks so much in advance for your help
     
  2. Autumn

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    You're shooting yourself in the foot. As soon as you drop the redirects and put up the new content on domain1, you lose that redirected link juice to domain2. All your external links will still be pointing to domain1, and without the redirects, all the link juice will just go to a 404. Domain2 might get indexed and ranking temporarily but you'll eventually take a huge hit when you drop the redirects.

    Your only option would be to make sure you don't use any of the same urls on domain2 as the new version of domain1. Then you could leave up the redirects permanently on domain1 and your link juice would remain intact flowing to domain2. Only the root index page would still be a problem since obviously you need to put content up there and you can't leave a redirect up there long term.

    Also there is no absolute real guarantee that 301ing will retain link juice.

    I would just find a new domain to use for whatever you want to use domain1 for - domain names don't really matter that much in the grand scheme of things.
     
  3. 2surfcr

    2surfcr Newbie

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    Greetings Autumn,

    All URL's would be able to remain as a permanent file in the htaccess since the new URL structure would be WordPress. The existing site is a clone or MeePlace review site.

    The index page does pose a problem. We could leave a banner up saying that XXREview Site is located here now.

    What do you think?
     
  4. Kaithe.Clarke

    Kaithe.Clarke Regular Member

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    You need to wait for at least 6 months for adding new content on redirecting domain... Although, this happens in 2 months, but sometimes SEs take upto 6 months to recognize a redirecting domain.
     
  5. 2surfcr

    2surfcr Newbie

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    Even google using webmaster tools, you think it would take 2 or more months?

    I believe that it would take longer for other SE's


    ??

    TIA for your comments and replies