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In order to do SEO for domain A i thought that it is best to use 301 redirect from domain B to domain A.
my question is-
1)Do we use the 301 code on each of the pages on domain A or is doing it only on the homepage is enough?
2) what if the site is buit on 1 main url www.domainname.com/index?33&bb
and only the variables after the index change- then would placing the 301 redirect on the index page be enough?
3) do you recomend doing this in order to solve the problem that domain A does not appear in google at the moment? i think it is because google saw it as a duplicate of domain B and decided to bury it. what do you think?
But think long term; choose the domain that should be doing best; 301 from domain to domain, then no individual 301s will be needed. Then be sure that the unused domain has the content removed.
check several 'old' urls to be sure the 301 works; if in doubt, consult your host (or come back here!). Occasionally stories surface that suggest 301s do not work. In my experience, everyone that gets analyzed shows either a setup error (quite common, as code needs vary); occasionally it's a host issue. I have not heard of real 'failure' in over two years. It's safe, reliable and always the best option.
At this time, use xenu to check that the 'new' domain has good navigation, and build and submit a Google site map.
Search Y! and M$N for links to the retired domain, and where possible, request an update.
Submit the new domain to a handful of Quality Directories.
Rebuild your 404 page to catch stragglers and dead link referrals
Avoid the temptation to do any major rebuilding until the new site has settled down in google, but adding new content is good.
That should keep you busy for a while ;)
[edited by: Quadrille at 11:43 pm (utc) on Nov. 30, 2006]
You are advised to read as many of those threads as you can, so that you fully understand all of the implications of what you are doing, and so that you do not get any of it wrong.
Google favours older domains. Google takes longer to list new sites, you have to build "trust". Check out those topics too.
So after about 6 months I removed all the 301s so that Yahoo would get 404s. However ALL the old pages must still have been indexed somewhere in Google because immediately afterwards Google tools began to list the pages as 404 not found. Over the next week or so as Googlebot crawled the old site it looked for all the old pages despite the 301s apparently having worked for 6 months.