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One main domain but multiple references in Google to other URLs

3:23 pm on Jul 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Bit of background...

- used to have multiple sites i.e. www.bedroom-widgets.com, www.bathroon-widgets.com, etc.
- launched new site - www.widgets.com
- 301 setup on launch so that www.bedroom-widgets.com points to www.widgets.com/bedroom
- The server is hosted and is not Apache the CMS handles the directory re-directs

Everything has been fine, the main URL works fine. However, I noticed the other day that certain searches still produce SERPs that show the old domains - wierd thing is they follow the naming convention of the new site. So the directory structure after the domain is the same its just the domain which changes.

For example :


the old site never used the old directiry structure as this is a result of the CMS.

In all the campaigns I've run the old site URLs have NEVER been published, I dont understand how Google could product these URLs.

My hosting company doesnt seem to know whats going on, currently blaming the DNS setup. I'm not so sure.

Thought I would seek the wise and wonderful wisdom that can only be found on Webmasterworld!
3:58 pm on July 14, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Use Live HTTP Headers to examine the server response for those requests. Is it 301, 302, 200, a chain, or what?

On the other hand, note that Google holds on to old URLs for many years. It might just be that.