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They have had the example.ca site pointing to the example.com site for several years.
They just realized that they has a ton of bad backlinks, thanks to their SEO.
I guess the main question is if a domain name with no history of its own - except for redirecting to a site that was affected by Penguin (or panda or a manual penalty) - has a chance of ranking well once content is added to it.
10-15 direct requests, as opposed to the ones redirected from .ca? What's the proportion of .ca requests to .com requests?
when googlebot sees a 302 the content is indexed for the initially requested url.
when googlebot sees a 301 the content is indexed for the redirected url.
I don't see any traffic being sent from the .ca domain to the .com domain. None at all. Maybe I just don't know how to see it in analytics?
in your opinion it is ok to
Their current example.com site only gets 10 to 15 visitors per day