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.info Improvement after 301 Redirect to .org

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by jimbo2087, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. jimbo2087

    jimbo2087 Regular Member

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    I recently had to switch a sites domain name as it turned out I was breaking an advertisers TOS by using their name in my domain, it was a .info domain.

    So I coughed up and paid for a nice .org, that diddnt even have the keywords in, and 301 redirected using htaccess from the .info to the .org.

    The next day this BRAND NEW DOMAIN was on the front page of Google and has been there for over a week now. The original .info was pretty new as well < 1 month and was ranking on the 3rd page of Google, which strangely enough still is. I have also found that my .org has made it onto the 2nd and 3rd pages of much tougher keywords, including the actual advertisers name!

    Either way I was pretty surprised to see this happen. I am putting it down to the ability of the .org to rank better.
     
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    cristianraiber Regular Member

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    I've also noticed this, don't know if it's a solid tip or not but I always pick .org instead of .net or .com ...
     
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    avatar33 Newbie

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    definitely. I tried to save money by buying tons of .infos in the past and I realized today that if I had opted for .ORGs 3 years ago I would have had a much easier time for SEO.
     
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    wow, this is something that really interesting to redirect domain and traffic.
    how about if we use free DNS service like .co.cc to do 301 redirect...what do u think?
     
  5. jimbo2087

    jimbo2087 Regular Member

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    I don't think you would benefit at all from simply redirecting a domain with no links or authority to a new .org

    I think the reason I saw the jump was because my .info did have a few decent backlinks and some authority already. So when I did a 301 this was all passed to the .org, then the .org also benefited as Googles algo clearly favouring them over the .infos

    It could be coincidence, perhaps the .info was just about to jump to first page. Although I think not as it is still ranking on pages 2-3 (with various pages) along with the new .org. I think I would of seen similar if not better results if I had just bough the .org outright so theres no need to buy .infos.

    I thought of one scenario where you could play this to your advantage though: You could register a few keyword rich cheapo domains eg .infos, then fill them with keyword articles and link spam them hard over a month or so. Obviously don't just go insane as they will clearly get sandboxed being new domains but you could vary the spam amount on 2-3 domains for just a few dollars. Then after a month see which ones are ranking and if any have been sandboxed or even banned, the ones that are ranking can then be 301d to your new (or even better existing/expired .org/.com domain with a pr) and any that are banned can simply be discarded. This way you don't risk getting a pricer domain banned and you can push the limit on link spam for quicker results.

    If you do this I wouldnt personally redirect them all in one day or something as you never know Google may have something like this in there algo to stop people buying up expired domains and redirecting. But just 301 them over a month or so and im sure your new domain would get a good ranking.