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Doubt about 301 domain expired redirect SEO

Discussion in 'Link Building' started by jeanbar, Jul 8, 2017.

  1. jeanbar

    jeanbar Newbie

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    Hi all,

    I have a doubt regarding a redirect 301 from a expired domain to main domain.

    Recently, I've catched an expired domain with backlinks from 98 different domains, accordingly with Semrush stats.

    So, I did a 301 redirect to my main domain in order to get this backlinks.

    However, after two months, my main domain only contains backlinks from 21 domains checking the same tool (Semrush).

    My question is, why I did not get the 98 domains backlinks after targeting the 301 redirect?
     
  2. mbreezy

    mbreezy Regular Member

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    I'm not a redirect pro and am sort of skeptical of it these days.

    98 domains recorded by SEMRush seems like a lot of links considering their index isn't known to be quite as large as Ahrefs of Majestic.

    Not sure this would work, but one thing you could try is finding the exact URLs and landing pages that had links (on the domain you bought). And then add that list of URLs to your redirections.

    Also, as mentioned, the SEMRush index and crawler just aren't that robust and the tool (as good as it is) is not known/relied upon for measuring links. So try taking a second look with a different tool or export your linking domains from Search Console.
     
  3. jeanbar

    jeanbar Newbie

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    Thanks for reply @mbreezy.

    I ensure that all links are being redirected properly to the main url, because I setup the 301 redirect in order to redirect any kind of page.

    Regarding the tools, you should be right. What is the most accurate tool to check backlinks in your opinion? Majestic?
     
  4. mbreezy

    mbreezy Regular Member

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    If I had to choose only one, I'd go with Ahrefs. Luckily I have access to Ahrefs, OSE, Majestic, and SEMRush. Cognitive SEO is another good one.
     
  5. jimbobo2779

    jimbobo2779 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Ahrefs is widely regarded as the biggest index for checking backlinks but in my experience Majestic is very close behind that to the point where they are mostly on a level.

    One thing to note is that it is largely unimportant if Ahrefs ignores 301 links if Google takes note of them. You are not trying to rank in Ahrefs.