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Duplicate content because of moving to another host?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by IMpossible, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. IMpossible

    IMpossible Supreme Member

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    Hi guys,

    I managed to switch to another host. However while I'm waiting for my DNS settings for my domain to update, two exact the same websites are now online:

    1 on my new host with a temporarily domain (until my DNS settings update).
    1 on my old host which is still using my domain name.

    Will this cause duplicate content? Should I take down the old website (delete all files) and wait for the DNS servers to update? Or just leave them both as is and wait?

    I appreciate your help!
     
  2. roach

    roach BANNED BANNED

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    I would take down the old site before google updates. :) Good Luck. :)
     
  3. Laubster

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    I've dealt with this lately. Why do you have it on a temporary domain on your new host? Either way unless there are links to the temp domain or it's an existing domain there's no way for it to get indexed/crawled.

    I had some sites down for over 48 hours. Was super nervous, but just b/c google crawls your site and sees something wrong doesn't mean you're in trouble. They know shit happens. I'd just point the nameservers to the new domain and get it up and live as soon as you can.
     
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  4. BusinessMagnet

    BusinessMagnet Power Member

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    I don't think it does take more than 6-8 hours to update DNS. If so, no need to worry.

    Just wait for your new host to propagate and you're done.
     
  5. IMpossible

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    WOW! My DNS servers just got updated. Thanks for all your help guys =)
     
  6. gdon9

    gdon9 Registered Member

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    Congrats! Next time block googlebot via your WordPress dashboard or create a robots.txt file and upload it to your root domain so you wouldn't have to worry about Google indexing the temporary domain with your content.
     
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  7. IMpossible

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    Yeah I will keep that in mind. Thank you!
     
  8. aymenbnr

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    make a 301 redirect to the new site or take down the old one !
     
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  9. gdon9

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    Don't forget to 301 the old domain to the new one if it's healthy (I.e. not penalised).