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URLs are forwarding to each other but one needs to be indexed.....

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by squarebiz, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. squarebiz

    squarebiz Newbie

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    Hello all, I am hoping to get some helpful information about what to do with this situation. I have a friend who has a site that has two URLS right now. One URL is old, the other URL is new. The Old URL needs to be de-indexed before it can be shut down. Any advice on how to de-index the site so that the optimization of the new URL can take place?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Endire

    Endire Elite Member Premium Member

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    Squarebiz,

    You can submit a URL to google to remove from the index and then you would just want to add that domain name to a robots file if you are still planning on managing it. There is more info on how to do that here,

    https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1663427?hl=en

    I'm wondering, is there a reason you don't redirect traffic from the old domain to the new domain? If you remove content from that domain, redirect all URLs using the 301 code, the old ones will eventually fall out of SERPs. Also, what about any inbound links leading to the new domain?

    Hope that helps,

    Shawn