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Transfer High Authority Domain to Primary Domain w/ 301 Redirects & Jumpstart

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Pripod, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. Pripod

    Pripod Regular Member

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    Recently I purchased a high authority domain at auction that was nearly expired with:


    • 800 linking domains
    • Referring IPs: 662
    • Referring Subnets: 558
    • SEOMOZ: Domain Authority = 46
    • Pristine backlink profile (zero spam)
    • 11 years of age and authority
    • Great industry context
    • Great desert scrapeable content via WBM - (located no where else on web)

    Only problems with the domain was:


    • The old auction purchased domain had been offline/404 for 9-12 months prior to purchase
    • New domain is only 6 months old without much history behind it

    What I did was:


    1. Desert scraped and rehosted the entire old/purchased site - (waybackdownloader)
    2. Reposted scraped articles on my main new site
    3. Performed 1000+ 301 redirects via htaccess file, ensuring to direct them as contextually as possible to content on new site.
    4. Went through Google's "Change of Address" tool in order to attribute old site/purchased site to new domain
    5. Monitored Google Webmaster Tools and redirected any 404 pages

    Currently, working to jumpstart traffic by:


    • Getting direct backlinks from reliable contextual contacts/sources
    • Running a badge campaign on charitable sites (donating $10 per link)
    • Planning on performing a Press Release that this domain was purchased by the company

    It's been 3-4 weeks sense the original 301 redirects/"Change of Address" from the high authority site, and am still waiting for the redirect to kick in. Any thoughts on:


    1. What I can do to trigger better SERPs based on new site from on redirected high authority site?
    2. What I can do to validate that Google acknowledges this high authority site?

    Have a lot of time and effort behind this and want to do everything I can to get traffic up. Trying to keep things fairly white hat as this is a very longterm play. All feedback is appreciated!!
     
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  2. hanssolo

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    The auction domain was cached before you redirected it right?
     
  3. Pripod

    Pripod Regular Member

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    @hanssolo - Yes, most the pages were cached on the auction bought pages before we redirected. I rehosted the auctioned domain for 5 days as none of the pages could be found in SERPs due to the 9-12 months of 404. After I noticed full caching of rehosted site on auctioned domain, I then redirected 1000s of contextual pages to the new domain that is 6 months old.

    Please let me know what you think. Thanks!
     
  4. Pripod

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    From looking at Google Webmaster Tools, looks as though all the redirected backlinks are now attributed to the new domain. Any thoughts to ramp traffic from these?
     
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    wow that is a lot to handle! Might be a script for the URLs to manage the new domains?
     
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    Yep, was a pretty big undertaking. Since last leaving this update:

    Google Webmaster Tools "Links to your Site" section is now attributing some of the auction URL backlinks to the new domain.

    Any thoughts on tactics to speed this up?