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Our eBay store outranks the actual ecommerce site

 2:54 pm on Oct 14, 2011 (gmt 0)


As always, thanks for the insightful responses in advance!

So I have an ecommerce website and an ebay store. The problem is that we had to change domain names because of a legal issue; the new domain isn't new, but there was never any content on it and never any inbound links (until we migrated about 2 months ago).

Now we have the problem of ebay product pages outranking our actual site's product pages; anyone ever seen this before? Could it be because the old domain .com is 302'd to the new .com; I have 301s on specific URLs from old to new, but the way it's set up I can only do a 302 for the TLD. Is that why?

Any input is appreciated!



 3:12 pm on Oct 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

Unless you just did the 302 and 301 I don't think it is. Maybe because eBay is a much larger brand than yours and you don't deserve to outrank them ?

Might want to check this:


 3:32 pm on Oct 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

If you only 302 redirect the home page to the new domain, then you're not sending direct link equity or ranking power to the new domain root -- and the domain root usually has the lion's share of backlinks.

Google will usually not rank the target page of a 302 redirect. I'd say find a way to 301 redirect the original domain root to the new domain root.


 4:40 pm on Oct 14, 2011 (gmt 0)


I had a feeling it was the 302...thanks!



 5:59 pm on Oct 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

If you aren't allowed to use a 301, consider using meta refresh with zero second. It is not ideal but better than nothing.


 8:26 pm on Oct 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

I helped a friend who couldn't use the domain 301 by doing just what goodroi suggest - PLUS we added a link to the new site on the old home page. Since the bot will retrieve the content from a meta-refresh page (as opposed to a 301)we figured it's an extra signal, At any rate, the combination of meta-refresh plus a link seemed to do the trick for the new domain.


 3:53 pm on Oct 27, 2011 (gmt 0)


Thank you so much for the advice! All these suggestions are making a lot of sense..I actually figured out how to do a 301 properly with the current setup. Hosting company makes it so you have to pay extra to do what you want...figures.

Thanks again!

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