We built a site 3 ˝ months ago that was to replace an existing site, abc.com and we hosted it on a new IP with a new domain name - xyz.com.
The old site had been indexed by the engines, but was not well listed at all and a decision was made to alias the old site with the new site...
After 2 months there was still no sign of any of the new pages in the engines. And when doing a search for the domain, the old site kept coming up. We then tried putting a redirect on the old site with the view to getting the old sites pages out of the engines and replacing them with the new, optimized site.
This hasn’t worked either.
I kept an eye out for spiders and googlebot and scooter crawled in last months crawling cycle.
With the new update that is going on – the site is still absolutely nowhere in Googles results.
Also – we managed to get a top listing on Altavista for a while. But looking now – there is absolutely no sign of the new site.
I know that redirects are poison, but we were redirecting an old, outdated website to a new one, not redirecting doorway pages to a web site.
Does anyone have any experience with redirects on an old site? Am I being impatient?
Is it just a question of waiting or should I try contact the techies at google and AV and get them to bin the old domain altogether?
For damage control, I’ve take the redirects off those old pages and put a page up that asks for a click thru to the new site – (maybe something I should have done 3 months ago...)