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: Desert scraped and rehosted the entire old/purchased site - (waybackdownloader) Reposted scraped articles on my main new site Performed 1000+ 301 redirects via htaccess file, ensuring to direct them as contextually as possible to content on new site. Went through Google's "Change of Address" tool in order to attribute old site/purchased site to new domain 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: What I can do to trigger better SERPs based on new site from on redirected high authority site? 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!!