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How fast does a 301/canonical transfer rankings for highly competitive keywords?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by TYmed, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. TYmed

    TYmed Newbie

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    Hello,

    I'm running a successful website in a highly competitive niche. Some time ago I got a manual spam warning for incoming links and the main keywords dropped by about 5 positions. The domain is optimized in a tough way, that for very strong and far away from being penalized to zero. But I'm not interested in removing the penalty by disavowing links.

    So I set a rel-canonical to a new domain. This is 20 days ago. After a few days the old domain disappeared in the SERPS, but until now there are no sights that the new domain will come up.

    Is this kind of normal or should I change something? e.g. setting up a 301? I thought that rel-canonical would work faster :p

    Thank you in advance,

    Steven
     
  2. TYmed

    TYmed Newbie

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    Any ideas/experiences? :idea:
     
  3. biznets2

    biznets2 Regular Member

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    301's are a dead deal now friend for seo, sorry
     
  4. wakiza33

    wakiza33 Newbie

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    Implement a 301.

    I fear 301s like te reaper.
     
  5. TYmed

    TYmed Newbie

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    Thank you for answering!

    biznets2: 301 still works.

    wakiza33: Did you try 301 vs. rel-canonical already?

    Kind regards,

    Steven
     
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  7. TYmed

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    Yes, I know. That's no problem. It's a competitive key and 1-3 more months on top are fine.

    The question is: Should I change the canonical to 301? I saw some big domains in other highly competitive markets switching from one domain to another with canonicals after a penalty. They did it several times and always got their old rankings back within a few days while 301 usually takes longer to transfer the old rankings to a new domain.

    Did you observe similar things? Or even better: Have you tried it and can you tell me how long it usually takes to get the old rankings back?