Msg#: 4374481 posted 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?
Msg#: 4374481 posted 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.
Msg#: 4374481 posted 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.
Msg#: 4374481 posted 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.