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I get tons of referrals for searches like:
[edited by: PatrickDeese at 5:03 pm (utc) on Oct. 7, 2003]
If that is what he is doing, then he should be using redirects on all of those to keep Google happy.
No, the redirected pages go away, but the pages that the redirected pages are redirecting to will stay in the index.
99 urls 301 redirected to one url will result in one url being indexed by Google.
Unfortunately, Alltheweb, Teoma, and Inktomi will pick up several of the 99, and that may eventually lead to difficulty.
The links to both are combined and the site just took a big time hit altogether. Other reasons too, but mainly because the links are a mess. I've had nothing to do with that site's linking but I will now.
That's a little different case because there was another site using that domain before, but there was a serious problem when it was first done, and that other domain is still showing up same as the real one.
Craig, were they just moved and 301'd on your own site?
Marcia, if you have pages from a 301'd url showing up on Google, are they specific file names that don't exist on the new site?
Or, are you saying you have the oldurl.com files showing up on something other than Google?
Alltheweb, Teoma, and Inktomi don't respond to 301's the way Google does. For Alltheweb, Teoma, and Inktomi, your best bet is to hard code the full url into every link on the site, replacing <a href="../file3.html"> with <a href="http://www.newurl.com/file3.html"> for every intersite link.
After a year or so, Alltheweb, Teoma, and Inktomi will get the message and gradually remove oldurl.com from their databases. Even that method isn't 100% though. After about 6 months, the best bet is to 404 the oldurl.com site so that Alltheweb, Teoma, and Inktomi will kill the thing if you really don't want it around. I have a url that is 8 years old now and still occassionaly gets reindexed because of old links on college sites that are impossible to update. At least by coding in full url links, you can limit the indexing to the pages which have inbound links.
Just my experience. Good point regarding making sure the advertised URL is indeed indexed.