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URL removal through GWT

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by thedon23, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. thedon23

    thedon23 Elite Member

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    I bought an aged domain from GoDaddy (7 years old). It had three indexed pages. Been about a week or so since I bought it, and have added some content that has been indexed. Those old pages from the previous owner are still showing up in G though.

    Correct me if I am mistaken, but domain age is calculated based on when the domain was indexed, right?

    I want to submit a removal request through GWT, but am afraid it would possibly effect how big G sees the age of my domain (since I'd be removing the pages that were originally indexed).

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. grav6

    grav6 Junior Member

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    Domain age is based upon the registration date in whois.

    As for the still indexed pages, you would be better of redirecting them using a 301, rathern than requesting a removal through GWT, and Google will eventually remove them from their index. How best to do the 301 redirect depends upon what you're using (if it's Wordpress or another CMS, then most have plugins/modules to help do it).

    EDIT: Just as an example, if you're editing the .htaccess file:

    Code:
    Options +FollowSymLinks
    RewriteEngine on
    redirect 301 /old-page.html http://www.domain.com/
    This will send a message to the browser/SE Bot that the page has moved permanently.

    Good luck!
     
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  3. lotar

    lotar Newbie

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    I second this. Or even better, keep the same url structure and put some original content on the pages so you don't lose their place in the index.
     
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  4. grav6

    grav6 Junior Member

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    Yeah, you are right lotar. :eek:
     
  5. thedon23

    thedon23 Elite Member

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    Thanks guys. When I search site:domain.com through Google, and click on the links to the pages (the ones from the old owner), it automatically redirects to my homepage. I guess that means I already have a plugin installed on Wordpress that is doing a 301 redirect for me?
     
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    grav6 Junior Member

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    Yes, maybe it's an SEO one for the way it handles 404s.

    EDIT: 404 = status code for a page not found.
     
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  7. mrdexter

    mrdexter Junior Member

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    You can easily double check that it is a 301 by using this:

    Code:
    http://webtools.live2support.com/header.php
     
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