I have seen several threads about the 301 method so I decided to give it a go. Background- Had a site that ranked #2 for a keyword about 6-8 months ago but then it predictably got penalized. Kept the domain active and used it as a funnel since it still drove some traffic via BING and Yahoo. Recently I created a new site with about 45 pages, only 12 have content the rest are just placeholders for future content, its about 2 months old close to EMD (it has a "-" in between the keywords like blue-widgets.net) and no rankings since I have done nothing for the site in terms of SEO yet. Just to see what would happen I redirected the old site to the new site (same exact niche) around 2 weeks ago. Nothing happened. Still no rankings. A couple of questions ... I was under the impression that redirected sites do not pass a penalty, at least at 1st. Is this true? If so I would have thought that the new site would have started ranking for some of the lower competition keywords by now. For those that have successfully used the 301 from an old domain, what other steps did you take? Just trying to figure out what I may have missed. Remember this is not a fresh domain, its one that has been around for 3 years and ranked for many low and medium volume keywords in the past.