Mod's note: Original title and description... What if I forward one of my web sites to another site? If it's already high in search results with unrelated content?
I have one site with similar but different content than another site. I want to now shut down that site and just use the domain to forward to my other site.
a) A violation of any Google good practices?
b) Will this affect Adsense in any way?
c) Will the domain now show the content of the domain it is directing to in the search results and when the Google bot checks it? In other words, how does a search bot interpret a domain that redirects?
The reason I ask is the site is currently listed high in search rankings, and it may be perceived as sketchy to now use it to redirect traffic to a different site (even though the other site is ranked higher?).
It would be like, "Here's some content, let me get ranked high, now I'm going to use that high ranking to bump traffic to another site."
This is actually not my intention, I have other reasons for doing this.
I would also suspect once the bot realizes the content of the old site is gone, it will handle the domain appropriately and reevaluate the content.
Just being careful. Sorry if these questions seem amateurish.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 9:03 am (utc) on Jul 17, 2013]
[edit reason] needed to include description line in post for question to make sense [/edit]