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I had to change the domain my of my site and did the permanent 301 redirect as Google suggested. The old domain was ranked at the top for certain key phrases and now does not show up at all.
I did a Google search by typing in the domain www.example-old.com and get the response "Sorry, no information is available for the URL www.example-old.com"
When clicking on the "Find webpages from the site" there are still (201) listings.
The new domain www.example-new.com gets the same response "Sorry, no information is available for the URL" and there are no pages listed.
The url change is about three months old.
I have added a Google sitemap and last crawl was May 17th.
Could someone please shed a little light on this issue?
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[edited by: tedster at 6:05 am (utc) on May 21, 2006]
I'm trying to determine if I can still rely on 301's as a convenient option for moving a site, or if I should recommend to client to just stay put until this all washes out.
Anyone else have some observations/experiences?
I have my own version of this problem and have been searching the various threads for a comparable situation to mine. I haven't found it exactly, but I am struck by the common theme showing up in so many threads. Removed or not, old pages and their characteristics such as PR and inbound links, seem to be having excessive and continuing influence over current SERPs.
Some have suggested that BD has been constructed on foundations made from an outdated index. I suspect that something like that underlies all this. Or is it that we haven't had a real index update for a long time, and much of G's core data is simply out of date?
For those that were done before 2005 June, the redirected URLs appear to have been dropped from the results.
For those actioned after 2005 June, the redirected URLs still show up as Supplemental Results, but clicking on any of those takes you through to the correct page on the new site anyway.
<<after 2005 June, the redirected URLs still show up as Supplemental Results, but clicking on any of those takes you through to the correct page on the new site anyway.>>
Same post-June '05 dating here, for those that show up...there are several that were sitemapped out of existence as far as Google is concerned via their robots.txt monkey wrench.