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Does 301 redirect of a penalized domain fw the penalty as well?

 6:53 pm on May 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

hello all,

Does 301 redirect of a penalized domain fw the penalty as well?

one my domains had been penalized by Google. I decided to host the site under a different domain and also fw the previous and old domain to the new one.

How should I go about it?




 8:29 pm on May 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

,Do you know the nature of your penalty - was it a Manual penalty or a general Panda/Penguin penalty and have you taken any steps to address the issues?

I think I would edit any useful information or content you had before the penalty and create new pages with it before I would 301 redirect penalized content. A 301 is to show old links and bookmarks (and search engines) where that penalized page is now located.

Whatever you do, do not wholesale redirect everything to the new domain's home page that would give you a lot of soft 404s.

There are many discussions on these forums on this exact situation. A quick search using "301 for penalized" returns pages of results, these are closest I read that are similar to what you ask - some are not so new, so it looks like a rather common problem:


 8:34 pm on May 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

Is it the domain or the content which was penalized? Do you know?

Information/content, if valid to start with, can generally survive most anywhere. If the content is thin I wouldn't expend much effort trying to save it.

I suspect that domain penalties will follow to new site if it is the same content, but that is just speculation, not a fact.


 8:39 pm on May 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

Well im not sure why it was penalized. However, I am guessing its because of the multiple duplicate error links one of the Plugins created on my wordpress site for example:

and an error I received for:

I dont know how it happened but all of a sudden a few hundred pages all were duplicated. So I removed the SEO plugin and everything seems to work fine now. But again Im not 100% sure.

Since the previous domain didnt get any traffic Im thinking of just creating a blank page and saying this domain has been redirected to example.com (using a banner) without linking to it to avoid any risks.

The reason why I need to inform people is the direct traffic it receives. Other than that it doesnt have much backlinks or SEO traffic.


 4:18 am on May 11, 2014 (gmt 0)

Banner solution with a LINK to the new site (rather than 301) sounds like the best outcome. Up to the user to make the click and avoids any issue with SEs as it is NOT a redirect.


 5:30 am on May 11, 2014 (gmt 0)

Well I thought maybe it would have a negative effect to Link to the website (from a website thats Google Penalized) so I just placed a banner (since the traffic is very low) and am hoping the new site works out just fine.


 5:51 am on May 11, 2014 (gmt 0)

without linking to it

Banner solution with a LINK to the new site

Well, it can't be both ;)

There's a whole continuum:
--image showing URL that the user has to type in
--plain-text URL that user has to copy-and-paste into address bar (assuming user is one of the two people left on earth who understands what an address bar is)
--clickable link leading to captcha
--clickable link leading to new site
--and then the various kinds of redirects involving no user action
Even if you're not concerned with SEO issues, there's an amazing range of possible approaches.

Since the previous domain didnt get any traffic
The reason why I need to inform people is the direct traffic it receives.

"This {type of equipment failure} never happens. It has happened to {name of athlete} three times". (Actual quotation.) C'mon, dailypress, you're among friends. No traffic, or no significant traffic, or no significant search-engine traffic, or not as much search-engine traffic as you'd like?


 6:37 am on May 11, 2014 (gmt 0)

Well, it can't be both ;)
I didnt say both statements as you see.

Lucy24: I'm confused about your message. The site doesnt receive any referral traffic or organic traffic (since it lost almost all its Google traffic), but since its the name of the book i published a few years ago and I list the URL in my book it receives a few direct traffic.

Since its the name and title of the book I kinda have to keep the domain. Especially since I printed a couple thousand of them.

Otherwise I'm trying to get my Google traffic back using a different domain especially since I posted several hundred posts under the blog section.

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