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What should I expect to see in regard to the SERP's over the course of this whole process? The two respective sites do rank on page one for certain keywords at present, separate pages for others. PR and backlinks are similar for both.
The former domain may end up being reestablished, it may end up permanently redirecting to the latter domain, it may end up redirecting to another domain.
Is there any other information that may be useful in assisting with this question?
If you do get the go-ahead to go back to the original domain, it's true that it will take a bit of time to sort things out when the 301 reverses direction - but it will still be better than a long-term 302.
It almost seems like there would be a month of time where the serps wouldn't be in synch with what the website url is?
Did I make any sense?
Then of course it came from Mr. Cutts, and he knows a little more then me, so I'd listen to him, just curious on why he said it?
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