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Is it safe to redirect one site to another?
Have 1 site with over 1000 pages indexed...

 8:41 pm on Jan 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hello, will I be penalized by the search engines if I redirect one site to another in the same genre? I have a site I have worked very hard on for a year, but the domain is too long and I already have another shorter and better domain in the same industry.

Can I simply manage the new (site) domain, and redirect the old to the new as well? Will this hurt my rankings for either?

Lastly, how can I get traffic from the previously indexed pages all redirected to the new site?

Sorry so long, and thank you in advance for any assistance!

Happy New Year!


Corey Bryant

 8:45 pm on Jan 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

You can do a 301 permanent re-direct.
IIS: [webmasterworld.com...]

htaccess: [webmasterworld.com...]



 10:35 pm on Jan 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thanks Corey! I will read up...

So in your opinion I can get all indexed pages redirected as well, and the search engines won't consider these doorway pages or something else negative?

Thanks again

Corey Bryant

 11:24 pm on Jan 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

They should not be considered doorway pages because you are using a 301 re-direct. I just did this over the holiday weekend and I see that Google has my new domain name already indexed. The old domain name is still there but it points to the new one



 8:08 am on Jan 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

You might want to read this thread in the Google News section first to make sure you are prepared for the negatives of changing domain names.



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