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Is redirecting high PR domains still effective?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by meathead1234, May 14, 2012.

  1. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    Hey guys,

    I don't do too much SEO so apologies for the noob question.

    I found a domain in my niche with a solid backlink profile and available for a reasonable price ($XXX). The links are relevant to my site so I was wondering if there's still value in buying and 301'ing a domain to my main site?

    Thanks for the feedback!
     
  2. myownhero

    myownhero Power Member Premium Member

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    Last I checked (about a month and a half ago) alot of people were using 301 to dominate the high comp SERPs. I'd definitely say it's still effective, as to whether or not it's worth it you'll need to weight the price against the PR/quality of the backlinks (I'd check some of them manually).
     
  3. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    I've already checked with OpenSiteExplorer and they seem reasonable. Worth the $300 they are asking for the domain I would say.

    The page authority in OSE is 33... I know that's not particularly high but do you think it's worth $300 without knowing any other info?
     
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    pathart Senior Member

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    Ive found this working for my sites and I have even been able to 301 slapped sites to another domain and benefit from rankings :)

    Id say if the links are solid links that will last it will be worth the price, also worth checking if they links are paid blogroll or similar links as they may be removed.

    Good luck
     
  5. trustedfire9

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    yes still effective , specially you said in the same niche , but again make deep check for backlinks history .
     
  6. meathead1234

    meathead1234 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Premium Member

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    The domain expired a while ago, but the links are still in place and are not paid. I'm sure I could build similar quality myself, but as I already invest $XXXX a month into SEO it seems like a reasonable investment to my untrained eye.
     
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    See are this domain have drop. Check are they still in index. Type in google search: site:nameofsite.com. Check him also in waybackmachine. Use majestic seo also to see historic index for backlinks.
     
  8. mikie46

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    Does it have to be high PR though? How about domain that have a huge link profile but no PR?
     
  9. jimbo87

    jimbo87 Regular Member

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    Definitely still works if you are redirecting it to a fairly uestablished domain, where I have tried it with older more established domains it does not seem to have the same effect.

    If you action the redirect in GWT after you have 301'd it google usually transfer over the links within a few days, you should see them show up in GWT when they have.

    Get in touch if you want a hand mate, or to see how it has worked on some competitive keywords I rank for.

    James
     
  10. jimbo87

    jimbo87 Regular Member

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    @mikie46 PR itself doesn't make much difference, just a good indicator of a google friendly link profile.

    James
     
  11. bstbuyer

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    short term fix spend money on direct link why waste
     
  12. jimbo87

    jimbo87 Regular Member

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    Have you actually tried it?

    What do you think companies do when they rebrand to a new domain, loose all the authority they have already built up.

    Meathead said it has a good link profile, that is what he is transferring, the old domain is merely a doner during a permenant redirect.

    James

     
  13. lancis

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    Technically its the same as if you were building those links to your original domain + EMD benefit (if any).
    If you think that those links worth $300, then its definitely a good buy.