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Forwarding a GoDaddy parked domain - 301 or 302?

 2:22 am on Jun 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

When forwading some .net and .org sites to the .com, GoDaddy warns me:

Please note that some search engines will show a 301 "Moved Permanently" as a 302 "Moved Temporarily".

Are they using a standard 301 redirect? Is there a risk that major search engines could see this as duplicate content? Anyone have any experience with a GoDaddy parked domain?



 6:36 am on Jun 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

A while back, I believe GoDaddy just offered a 302. But there was a growing demand for a 301 from webmasters, and it was banging right into some kind of Godaddy infrastructure challenge. So what they did (last year I believe) was begin to offer a chain of redirects - a 302 to an immediate 301. If they offered a straightforward 301, they would not need that disclaimer.

I honestly don't know how Google sees this at the moment. In general, they advise against redirect chains. At the same time, when a major hosting service does something that's non-standard, Google does try to adapt. They only stand to gain by straightening out what they can of non-standard actions that are innocent.

So this is not a direct answer. Maybe someone else has current experience they can share.


 2:04 pm on Jun 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

I've got 50 (one for each state) forwarded with GoDaddy's brand of 301 to separate pages within a site I host myself, and all are doing quite well in Google, ranking, with traffic and PR. I set these up last October or so.



 2:23 pm on Jun 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

We were doing the 301 through Godaddy as well but when checked on a header checker it was showing a 302 so we moved the domains to our server and do it through IIS with the DNS set up through Godaddy


 2:39 pm on Jun 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

Are there seo benefits of domain forwarding from parked domains, or is the only reason for forwarding to get traffic from someone trying to access the parked domain?


 3:05 pm on Jun 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

I just want the traffic from someone trying the .net, .org, etc. Considering there's some tutorials the .org could be used a fair amount and I don't want search engines flagging me for duplicate content because GoDaddy is too lazy to put in an accurate 301.


 9:11 pm on Jun 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

I don't want search engines flagging me for duplicate content because GoDaddy is too lazy to put in an accurate 301.

No worries, I do it with 100 domains to 9 different sites and works much better than having them on the server. Darn, adding 100 accounts in the server is a pain in the rump and quite a bit of work. I have tested this over and over and it works best to 301 from your registrar. One thing you do NOT want to do is "park" the domain on your server as that IS dupe content then. Lesson learned a long time ago for me. IF you put them on your server, make a NEW account for each domain and add a 301 .htaccess redirect that way. So if you have thousands of accounts, pop a beer and get ready to spend a couple nights, LOL.

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