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My domain is being seized by a big corporation. I have 24 hours to save SEO. Help!

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by TheQuiet, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. TheQuiet

    TheQuiet Newbie

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    I run a totally legitimate website, but due to corporate bullying, it is being taken away from me. I've already rebranded under a new domain. I am currently doing 301 redirects but within 24 hours, I have to disable all redirects. I've already started the Google Webmasters Change of Address tool, but I'm afraid by the time it works, the 301s will be gone and I'm screwed. I get TONS of SEO traffic. Is there anything I can do or am I just shit out of luck?
     
  2. schmarckq

    schmarckq Newbie

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    Did they pay you good money for it?
     
  3. BasicStuff

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    Why do you think you must remove 301s? Is there a trademark in your domain? Legaly if you have someone else's trademark in a domain you own I think you just cant us it to make money. If you do make money and they can prove that you did then they can sue for the money made.

    Here is what i would do, if they are a USA based company just "give the domain away for free" to a friend thats in another country they will not go to fight in court. Then have him 301 it at your site. You can not control what your friend wants to do with that domain after you give it to him. He can 301 to a porn site... its not owned by you anymore so you are not responsible. So they cant say its money you make. It would be money your friend makes, plus he wouldn't be making anything from the 301..... You just pay him for other services not related if he needs a cut.
     
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  4. Reeshua

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    Deindex the old domain first so they won't get the benefits of your hardwork. Other than 301's, I guess you have no other choice but to wait until the change of web address takes effect and you start ranking for your keywords again. Again, just make sure to de-index your old domain so that you don't have to compete with it.
     
  5. BasicStuff

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    A change of address only works if a 301 is present. If you remove the 301 the change of address is void.
     
  6. affarmy

    affarmy Regular Member

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    Basic has a nice idea. "Sell it". Offshore host then you're scott free

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  7. TheQuiet

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    When you search for my keywords, it shows my new URL in the Title, so I'm wondering if I should leave it as opposed to de-index to at least give people a hint of the new URL. Do you think it's worth it?
     
  8. laur.laurix

    laur.laurix Power Member

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    What an offshore hosting has to do with a trademarked domain? Follow what basic said and transfer the domain in a permisive country, like romania for example, and then redirect it according to ur needs.