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8:23 pm on Nov 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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How does Google feel about redirecting multiple different domains to one domain.

An example would be me purchasing multiple misspelled domains of my domain and 301'ing them all to mine. I've noticed Google does it also when I typo'd Google once.

The next example is buying multiple keyword domains (keywords I target on my domain) and 301'ing them to my no keyword company name domain. (haven't thought this one out though, maybe only get type-in traffic?)

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If you do it only for type-in traffic, then i my experience Google has no problems. I'm working right now with several sites that use 301 redirects for massive lists of domains that they own for typo purposes, type-in traffic and trademark protection. It works quite well.

However, I don't know what would happen if you start trying to actively promote those alternate domain names. I personally would not risk it -- it feels to me like an attempted Google exploit, rather than normal marketing.

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Thanks, exactly what I needed to know. I actually was burned by a misspelled domain name on one of my sites and it's what got me to thinking about registering and redirecting the misspellings also.

However, I don't know what would happen if you start trying to actively promote those alternate domain names. I personally would not risk it -- it feels to me like an attempted Google exploit, rather than normal marketing.

I agree with you, I guess it would be just type in.

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Yes, have as many domain typos and mis-spellings as you want, and then use a 301 redirect on all of them, all pointing at the right site.
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We do our best to determine intent.

wiidgets.com, wigdets.com, etc. --> widgets.com -- clearly that's fine. No intent to deceive.

I think you can fill-in-the-blank on what we might contrastingly perceive as spammy :)

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Hmm, so you do see some 301 redirects as being spam then?

That would be odd, because with a 301 only the target domain is up for indexing, not any of the domains that redirect.

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Funny how no one is discussing using 302 redirects - only 301's.

Perhaps you'd be kind enough to share why you'd only consider using 301's (not 302's) on the thread:

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Perhaps you'd be kind enough to share why you'd only consider using 301's (not 302's) on the thread

Because my redirects would be permanent...