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I am no 2&3 in the serp with my main site, but fortunately I have an exact match .org in 4&5 too.
Anybody here with a view on this?
I know, I have 4 out of 5 spaces at the top, which is in itself useful. But it's a bit spammy for my liking and I'd prefer to strengthen my main domain - in fact, I'm in the process of 301'ing two other sites to the main domain, as the brand is getting stronger on the main domain, and I cant be bothered with 5 sites for the one service.
I'm thinking of redirecting the exact match to my main site.
Will I lose the usefulness of the exact match as far as Google goes if I let my main domain absorb it?
Will my main site be strengthened?
Should I forget this, and keep trying for the top spot but without this particular 301?
Any comments greatly appreciated!
301'd the subdomains to the main. Soon after, and until now a year later, the domain ranks #1 for 2 of the keywords that were the subdomain name, even though no links, text, or scarcely any mention of those keywords exist.
Sure seems to me like G keeps a record, and gives "credit" for what a site is about for a long time after it has been 301'd.