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It has however, recently started to gain in rankings for no seo work or input.
I am presuming that the age of the site, natural growth and its trustrank is kicking in.
However I was not carefull enough to secure the other variations of the URLs.
So I want to D301 the pages of the site to another URL, where I can buy all the variations.
I know if I do this the page rank transfers too, but does the age and trustrank of this site get transfered?
Do they see the new site as the old, even though the URL has changed?
But the "document inception date" is what it is -- and a new domain means a new url. The age of backlinks will help out significantly by contributing a historical factor eventually, but there is always that one important data point that will not be "aged" - the date that the URL first was crawled.
Some applicable threads here about Google's historical data patents:
The original URL (/products/blue-widgets.htm) you issued a 301 to the new URL (/blue-widgets.htm). Now to restore the document inception date, could you 301 the /blue-widgets.htm URL back to /products/blue-widgets.htm?
Is it possible to get revert back to old URLs to restore your document inception date?
Yes, apparently so, errorsamac. I've taken on clients and while studying their backlinks I found some that pointed to a URL that no longer existed. When I replaced the document at that url, it quickly became a powerhouse for it's content and link power.
However, note that the opening post, while using the word "URL" is actually talking about a new domain name (...another URL, where I can buy all the variations.) That's a different situation.
Glad to hear of your Google success with 301 to a new domain, frup. Not everyone who has done this has such a happy story to tell, but it's good to hear that it CAN still happen.
[edited by: tedster at 5:57 am (utc) on April 29, 2007]