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HTTP Redirection of .net and .org - is it a negative?

 10:40 pm on Sep 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

I have three domains, the .com, .net, and .org, all the same name. The .com is my site domain. I have the .net and .org doing a permanent 301 redirection at the DNS level (HTTP redirection).

I did this to protect my brand. Now, I'm wondering if I should just park the .net and .org, or is it ok to keep them redirected? Does Google see that type of redirection as a negative ranking factor, or could I get penalized for doing it?



 10:55 pm on Sep 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

As far as I know, the only time you get into trouble is if you continue to promote the .net and the .org even after they are redirected. I've worked with businesses that redirect over a thousand domains that they own for protection against trademark volations, tposquatting, etc. Never a problem.


 11:08 pm on Sep 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

In my case they are all new domains, registered at the same time. The .net and .org have never been promoted, and never will be (by me).

This might sound crazy, but when I purchased and redirected the domains, I was thinking it might be a positive indicator in the Panda algorithm, given that Google seems to like brands. My thought was that it would be obvious that I own them all and was protecting a brand. That, and I am actually building my brand and do want to protect it.

Reading another thread about a penalty got me wondering. If there is a .1% chance of it causing an issue, I'd rather just park them.


 12:24 am on Sep 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

I wouldn't even give it a .001% chance. The practice is extremely common.


 12:58 am on Sep 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thank you for calming my G paranoia, tedster.


 1:47 pm on Sep 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

Agreed, owning similar domain names with different TLDs or typos and redirecting them to your main domain is very common practice. It would be foolhardy for Google to penalize based on that.


 3:50 pm on Sep 21, 2011 (gmt 0)

No, as far I know G will not penalize for it. Its a natural way.

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