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How do I rank 2nd domain with same content of 1st, Redirect? Copying files?

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  1. rodvan

    rodvan Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Hey there guys..
    I just have this question which I feel a little bit frustrated.
    I got a domain like this www.my-company.com with a dash, but I got the domain free and bought it on www.mycompany.net but I got well ranked the .com. I feel a shame that I have to make a redirect for the .net to the .com because I like it more.
    Is there a way I can solve this?
    Have you ever been through this and know the solution?
    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Yaa 2nd name without dash is better... Just put complete website on new domain... Setup 301 redirect through .htaccess or domain level... Redirect old domain to new domain... Also update in webmaster that this is your new domain and you redirecting old domain to new domain... After few days search engine will also update their ranking with new domain... I have done it with several of sites and never lost any ranking...
     
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  3. rodvan

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    Wow.. So i make a backup from my whole site and transfer it to the other domain?
    Or shall I change the domain under WHM ?
     
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    Dudiee.. I got a big blog inside that domain, it will be a kinda pain in the * transfering all.
    What do you think about changing domain on the databases, htaccess and WHM.
    Hope I hear from you soo.
     
  5. rodvan

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    I did my homework guys.. Just found that the solution for this is 301 redirect!
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    You've just redesigned some pages of your web site. The
    pages have high search engine rankings that you don't want
    to lose. How can you safely redirect web site traffic from
    your old pages to the new pages without losing your
    rankings? You can do this by using a " 301 redirect "

    What is 301 redirect?

    301 redirect is the best method to preserve your current
    search engine rankings when redirecting web pages or a web
    site. The code "301" is interpreted as "moved permanently".
    After the code, the URL of the missing or renamed page is
    noted, followed by a space, then followed by the new
    location or file name. You implement the 301 redirect by
    creating a .htaccess file.

    What is a .htaccess file?

    When a visitor/spider requests a web page, your web server
    checks for a .htaccess file. The .htaccess file contains
    specific instructions for certain requests, including
    security, redirection issues and how to handle certain
    errors.

    How to implement the 301 Redirect

    1. To create a .htaccess file, open notepad, name and save
    the file as .htaccess (there is no extension).

    2. If you already have a .htaccess file on your server,
    download it to your desktop for editing.

    3. Place this code in your .htaccess file:

    redirect 301 /old/old.htm http://www.you.com/new.htm

    4. If the .htaccess file already has lines of code in it,
    skip a line, then add the above code.

    5. Save the .htaccess file

    6. Upload this file to the root folder of your server.

    7. Test it by typing in the old address to the page you've
    changed. You should be immediately taken to the new
    location.

    Notes: Don't add "http://www" to the first part of the
    statement - place the path from the top level of your site
    to the page. Also ensure that you leave a single space
    between these elements:

    redirect 301 (the instruction that the page has moved)

    /old/old.htm (the original folder path and file name)

    http://www.you.com/new.htm (new path and file name)

    When the search engines spider your site again they will
    follow the rule you have created in your .htaccess file.
    The search engine spider doesn't actually read the
    .htaccess file, but recognizes the response from the
    server as valid.

    During the next update, the old file name and path will be
    dropped and replaced with the new one. Sometimes you may
    see alternating old/new file names during the transition
    period, plus some fluctuations in rankings. According to
    Google it will take 6-8 weeks to see the changes reflected
    on your pages.

    Other ways to implement the 301 redirect:

    1. To redirect ALL files on your domain use this in your
    .htaccess file if you are on a unix web server:

    redirectMatch 301 ^(.*)$ http://www.domain.com
    redirectMatch permanent ^(.*)$ http://www.domain.com

    You can also use one of these in your .htaccess file:

    redirect 301 /index.html http://www.domain.com/index.html
    redirect permanent /index.html http://www.domain.com/index.html
    redirectpermanent /index.html http://www.domain.com/index.html

    This will redirect "index.html" to another domain using a
    301-Moved permanently redirect.

    2. If you need to redirect http://mysite.com to
    http://www.mysite.com and you've got mod_rewrite enabled on
    your server you can put this in your .htaccess file:

    Options +FollowSymLinks
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example\.com
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.com/$1 [R=permanent,L]

    or this:

    Options +FollowSymLinks
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^domain\.com$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.domain.com/$1 [R=301,L]

    Tip: Use your full URL (ie http://www.domain.com) when
    obtaining incoming links to your site. Also use your full
    URL for the internal linking of your site.

    3. If you want to redirect your .htm pages to .php pages
    andd you've got mod_rewrite enabled on your server you can
    put this in your .htaccess file:

    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteBase /
    RewriteRule (.*).htm$ /$1.php

    4. If you wish to redirect your .html or .htm pages to
    .shtml pages because you are using Server Side Includes
    (SSI) add this code to your .htaccess file:

    AddType text/html .shtml
    AddHandler server-parsed .shtml .html .htm
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks Includes
    DirectoryIndex index.shtml index.html

    Frequently Asked Question:
    What's the difference in using a 301 redirect versus a meta redirect?

    Meta Redirect
    To send someone to a new page (or site) put this in the head of your
    document:

    <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="10;
    url=http://mynewsite.com/">

    Content="10; tells the browser to wait 10 seconds before
    transfer, choose however long you would like, you can even
    choose 0 to give a smoother transition, but some (really
    old) browsers aren't capable of using this so I'd suggest
    putting a link on that page to your new site for them.

    With a meta redirect the page with the redirect issues a
    200 OK status and some other mechanism moves the browser
    over to the new URL. With a 200 OK on both pages, the
    search engine wants to index both the start page and the
    target page - and that is a known spam method (set up
    10,000 domains full of keywords for the search engines to
    index then meta redirect the "real visitor" after 0 or 1
    seconds to the "real site" ) so using it gets you
    penalized.

    The 301 redirect simply issues a Permanently Moved message
    in the HTTP header which tells the search engine to only
    index the target URL.

    Conclusion: The safest way to redirect old web pages to the
    new pages or old web site to the new web site and keep the
    same search engine rankings is to use the 301 redirect. It
    will also pass on the page rank from your old site to your
    new site.
     
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    301 is my vote :)
     
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    what a fantastically knowledgable thread. great info from rodvan and bizroot.
     
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    Sorry OP I missed your questions... It's good that you found solution through research and solved problem... LOL benefit of this you will never forget how to do this... I learned in same way... :)