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Old domain ranking high and I want to transfer traffic to main domain.
How do I transter traffic to my current home site? Advice?

 1:05 am on Mar 16, 2010 (gmt 0)


I have a domain that I built from ground up and is doing like number 11 with lots of traffic for a good keyword search but that site is dead. It was a project that I left behind.

I want to transfer traffic from that domain to my home domain where my business resides. Currently my server admin just did a 302 direct but I don't know if it is illegal?

Else if I put many links to the home site, I've heard it would be like a doorway page.

What should I do?



 5:18 pm on Mar 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hi Hulahoop,

Are the site related?

If not and you are thinking of changing the thyme of the old site, which will include changing the word content, titles etc seems like this is a sure way to kill the site.

The links and anchor text pointing to the site along with the content on page are some of the things that got the site ranking in the serps, these links will probably get devalued if the theme of the site changes or webmaster linking to the might remove them.

You just did a temp 302 redirect pointing the old site to the new?

A 302 redirect will let any link juice, anchor text value or general trust value also less importantly pr from the old pages to the new, only a 301 redirect will hopefully pass this over in time hopefully.

Is it possible to add this old site to your existing site if related? A joining of the clans so of speak?


 5:47 pm on Mar 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

hi ie111,

thanks for your reply.
ok I see what you mean.

yes the topic is the same but my current site is not targeted and focus on the keywords that the dead site has.

what is the best way to pass on traffic from this dead site to my main website?
Can I have 2 domains showing and serving up the same content although the dead domain is actually doing a 301 or 302 to the main domain? ARe there any negative impact that I should be weary about?


 10:22 pm on Mar 18, 2010 (gmt 0)


If the topic is the same on both sites and the old site is getting traffic and ranking well why would you not built on that domain?

Can I have 2 domains showing and serving up the same content

Bottom line is Google will choose one of the sites, the one it prefers, so serving up the same content on different sites is a no no.

Also webmasters won’t want to link to duplicate sites, you could a 301 redirect from the old to the new site but don’t get why not use this site?


 11:23 pm on Mar 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

I can't manage both sites and want to build the name for the new site. Well the new site is actually older than the dead site and more popular.

I just want everyone to land on the main site.

Will google consider that duplicate content? You know multiple sites showing up same content but actually it is a redirect from a different website?


 8:02 am on Mar 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

If your main site is older and the dead site is no longer needed and the content is duplicated from the main site then a 301 redirect from the dead site to your main site is the way to go.


 9:39 am on Mar 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

but would google see it like spamming or blackhat seo? - you know where you buy many domains and then all redirect it back to one site? Is that illegal or would it hurt my main site in any way?

of course in this case I am only 301 redirecting one or two sites to my main site.


 3:14 pm on Mar 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

Hi Hulahoop,

You’re moving the goal posts a bit here,

of course in this case I am only 301 redirecting one or two sites to my main site.

I have been replying in the above posts to what info was give, i.e you have two sites on the go one is no longer used because you only have time to work on your main site and also the dead sites word content is copied main site anyway.

Now there is another site in the mix? anymore? :-)

[youtube.com ]

I think you know the answer yourself,

My question to you:-

1, is it worth the risk to 301 more than one site to possibly get link juice following through and run the risk of raising a red flag and loosing trust and possibly getting other links devalued?

What do you think?

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