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ATW and 301 redirects

Does ATW understand them?

   
2:30 pm on Jan 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,
After changing my site's domain name, I have put in place 301 redirects from the old domain pages to the new domain ones. It took Goggle a couple of weeks to understand it, index and display the new domain.

After 3 months, ATW is still displaying the old domain, even though it takes into account the pages contents updates I have made.

What do you think I should do? Just keep on waiting or consider switching to meta refresh (or something else) on the old domain pages?

Thanks

6:32 pm on Jan 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'd wait it out for a few months. Hard to tell what will happen with ATW anyway :)
6:37 pm on Jan 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'd agree with Rumbas. It's a waiting game. Just to be on the safe side, make sure your 301 Moved Permanently redirects are returning the proper status in the Server Headers.

Server Header Checker [searchengineworld.com]

The response may look something like this...

Server Response: http*//www.example.com/old-page.htm
Status: HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
Location: http*//www.example.com/new-page.htm
Server: Microsoft-IIS/6.0
Content-Type: text/html
Content-Length: 152

9:34 am on Jan 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thank you for your advice.

pageoneresults, the status in the header is OK.

Unfortunately, I can't wait too long. My old domain will expire in 2 months.

Given this short timing, is waiting really the best solution? I'm afraid it won't be enough for ATW to make the change.

Do you think there is something else I can do?

Thanks.

4:07 pm on Jan 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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yves1 -

If the domain expires the redirect goes away, so be sure all of your inbound links are changed to the new domain.

I have the same situation with ATW, it has been about 4 mos and not only does it show the old domain, but also the new, and with the same content. Sometimes I am pos 1 and 2!.

4:27 pm on Jan 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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pageoneresults, the status in the header is OK.

Do you mean that the status is 200 OK? If so, that is the incorrect header status for a 301. The 200 OK means that everything is okay and the spider is instructed to index the URI without any other further directives.

8:33 am on Jan 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Sorry, by OK, I meant 301 ;-)