I've got a site with several "sites within the site," using the following structure:
Red widgets: widgets.com/redwidgets/
Blue widgets: widgets.com/bluewidgets/
Now, I also have "vanity domains" for convenience in identifying my sections on red and blue widgets:
redwidgets.com = widgets.com/redwidgets/
bluewidgets.com = widgets.com/bluewidgets/
My domain registrar redirects the Redwidgets.com and Bluewidgets.com domains (which have many inbound links) to the appropriate subdirectories on Widgets.com. The domain registrar's site identifies these as 302 redirects, although a support person described the process as placing the entire page within a frame and using a meta refresh.
1. Is the domain registrar's use of 302 or meta refresh redirects likely to cause problems with Google? (I.e., might Google interpret them as 302 hijacking?) I received an e-mail from a fellow member that made me think about this possibility.
2. If the redirections are risky as currently set up, what's the best solution?
One technically simple option would be to set up separate accounts for each of the "vanity domains" and use an .htaccess file with a 301 redirect to the widgets.com/subdirectory/. This seems pretty clumsy, though, and I wonder if it might not introduce problems of its own.
Any suggestions? (I've searched through past threads on redirection of vanity domains but haven't run across any that address this specific problem--plus, the threads that I've found have been pretty old.)
Thanks for any and all insights.