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Question about a strange client website setup

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by sunyata, May 30, 2014.

  1. sunyata

    sunyata Newbie

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    ​I have a client who has shared a website with another person for about 11 years. The shared website has two links on the home page to two different directories, each holding their perspective websites. Client has their own domain name thats been redirected to their website directory using redirection.net for those 11 years.


    The odd thing is that when you check the response codes for the clients domain, it gives a 302 and then a 301 and then a 200.


    The client would like to start using their domain name for their new website, but they have a few thousand back links (some of dubious quality) that they share to each of their websites, including a DMOZ listing thats almost as old as the site itself. All of this and still the page rank of the main domain is only PR 1.


    What I?m wondering - is it risky for the client to change their domain name? To me it seems like its not because they are basically starting from scratch, after 11 years. Anything could be better than what they have now.. Which is essentially nothing, aside from a bunch of backlinks of varying quality, and a shared domain which is diffusing each of the parties ranking and SEO efforts.


    We will of course do redirects for all of the old links, and make sure the titles and meta descriptions match up - but is there anything else to be mindful of to lessen the impact of such a change?
     
  2. m4dm4n

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    I would suggest adding both domain names in webmaster tools and doing a web address change at the same time of the move and 301 redirect from the old domain to the new one mantaining as much as possible a 1-1 corelation of the urls.
    Other than that, you should be safe to move
     
  3. sunyata

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    Thanks for the info -

    The current site is an old static .html site and the new one will be a CMS based site. When you say 1-1 correlation of the URL's, are you saying they should be exactly the same, including the .html file name?

    With that in mind, what if we did what you suggested and just did the domain switch first for the existing site, while the new site is being completed and then once it is finished do the 301's to a new URL structure?

    That way we wouldnt be changing too many things at once.
     
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  5. sunyata

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    Ok, thats what I thought that you meant, but was just getting clear.

    Thanks again for the info.