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Is a domain registrar redirect the same as a 301 redirect?
coldfused

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Msg#: 3224317 posted 11:47 pm on Jan 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

We have a client that I just found out that has about 30 domains pointed back to a single domain. The redirects for each one of the domains appears to be (can't check until tomorrow) done at the registrar level (GoDaddy). Will/Could the site be penalized for mirrored or duplicate content if the redirect is at the registrar level? Or does it act in the same way as a 301 redirect at the server level? If the server has 30 domains set up with 301 redirect back to one is there a problem there?

Could someone elaborate a bit more on this issue for me?

Thanks,
Carl

 

coldfused

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Msg#: 3224317 posted 2:06 pm on Jan 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Any help is appreciated guys.

The Contractor

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Msg#: 3224317 posted 2:48 pm on Jan 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Can the content be accessed under each of those domains/URLs after the redirect? If the answer is yes, there is trouble brewing if it hasn't happened already.

[edited by: The_Contractor at 2:48 pm (utc) on Jan. 19, 2007]

tsdpsg

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Msg#: 3224317 posted 2:56 pm on Jan 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

With a domain on GoDaddy pointing to a different domain, it shows:

HTTP/1.1 302 Moved Temporarily

Do a Google search for: check status code and use one the tools to check yours.

coldfused

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Msg#: 3224317 posted 7:52 pm on Jan 19, 2007 (gmt 0)


They all show up as:

HTTP Status Code: HTTP/1.1 302 Moved Temporarily
Content-Length: 0
Location: /?ffc23f58
Redirect Target: /?ffc23f58

TheContractor: I am not sure what you mean by can the content be accessed after the redirection? The answer to that I think is yes. Once redirected all pages can be accessed the same. The actaul files only reside in one place but all domains point to the same website in IIS.

koan

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Msg#: 3224317 posted 9:19 pm on Jan 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

I once asked GoDaddy if it was possible to change a domain redirect to 301 instead of 302 and they said no. 302 redirects are not advised with Google. It shouldn't be a problem as long as these domains are not published on web pages and used as links also. Focus on just one domain, keep the others for "typed-in" traffic or to protect your brand (widget.info, widget.org, etc). Just don't publish them or it'll get tricky.

tsdpsg

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Msg#: 3224317 posted 12:48 am on Jan 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

I agree wiht koan. I have several keyword-keyword.com domains that are forwarded to specific different pages of one URL. No problems. The domains are not used in marketing at all. They are on a GoDaddy account.

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