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domain forwarding a good idea?

   
10:20 pm on Sep 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have parked a large number of domains that are different extensions and mispellings to protect my brand. I could just leave them parked and advertise for GoDaddy, but I would rather get some type in traffic. I want to know if the GoDaddy domain forwarding (not masked) option is a decent solution.
I have read a 301 redirect is by far the cleanest way for me to do this to prevent SE complications, but I am not about get 30 hosting accounts and edit the .htaccess file to 301 redirect. Ya or nay?
10:29 pm on Sep 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Could you set up one hosting account with a bunch of aliases?
10:38 pm on Sep 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I am allowed to use aliases with my current host; however, is there any down side to that? Would that be any better than pointing parked domains.
10:40 pm on Sep 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What I was meaning was to set up one extra hosting account to use for the 301 redirect, and put all your aliases there. That would take advantage of type-ins but keep the risk of search engine confusion as low as possible.
10:45 pm on Sep 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I also wondered about this. I to have multiple versions of my site name and would like to use Godaddy's simple forwarding feature to my real site. Is this a bad thing to do SEO wise?
11:06 pm on Sep 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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What if I just set up the index page of my site on another host with a noindex, nofollow meta tag, as well as, a robots.txt disallow. All the links from that page would point to my main site. I could then domain forward all the extensions and mispellings there. Would this be adequate to keep my main site in the se good books.
11:19 pm on Sep 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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When I was in your situation, I used to just have my registrar do the forwarding for me.

After reading about 301s here I decided to take related names and create hosting accounts for them and just use 301 directs (at least for the more important ones).

I don't know if there is any proof as to one being better than the other, but I think the 301 by nature tells whatever visits it that the domain permanently lives at the new address (which seems like the correct thing to be telling people/robots/spiders).

 

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