mikus - 2:38 am on Feb 12, 2010 (gmt 0) [edited by: mikus at 2:53 am (utc) on Feb 12, 2010]
Sorry it put bbcode in the second rewrite rule.. It's not actually what was used.
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ www.newdomain.com/$1 [L,R=301]
with the http:// in front of the www.
Also my store is a 1200 page ecommerce site. My theory is that google does honor the redirect somewhat but they state "rebranding" and site redesign. I believe they want to give time for the "rebranding" before releasing fully into the index. They don't completely remove you but slow things down. It's just a time filter they put in for the rule. I think it was shorter in the past, but now it's 6-9 months.. Just a theory..
[edited by: mikus at 2:53 am (utc) on Feb 12, 2010]