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resolving issue of non-indexed domain

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by davids355, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Apr 25, 2011
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    I have an expired domain that I set up - installed wordpress, added some content etc.
    I just realized that it is not indexed even though its been live for quite some time, and had some backlinks built to it and so on.

    So I have decided to create a new domain, and move the content over to it, then basically start from scratch.

    But, just wondering what will happen if I forward the old domain to the new one? The idea being to get the benefit of the backlinks that were pointing to the old domain.

    Assuming that google had a reason for not indexing the old domain, will it be harmful do you think to forward it to the new site??
  2. validseo

    validseo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Jul 17, 2013
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    Seattle, Wa
    It is possible that the domain is banned from past activity. Pointing it at your new venture might cause problems... I suggest the following.
    1. Rank the new site without the legacy backlinks. See that it is indexed and working.
    2. Next redirect the legacy URL to the new site's URLs (don't redirect everything to the home page ... those get treated as soft 404s)
    3. Wait and watch what happens... if your rankings improve then great.
    4. If the ranking stay the same or go down remove the redirects. Point the legacy domain at google. Let it expire. No point maintaining legacy redirects that provide no value.
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  3. SEO INC

    SEO INC Regular Member

    Oct 24, 2015
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    Search Metrico
    With each google update it is getting difficult to predict its behaviour. But i would give it more time before moving to a new domains, that is of course ME
  4. sub001

    sub001 Regular Member

    Nov 17, 2016
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    Didn't you just forget to remove the "noindex" in Wordpress settings?