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Consolidating 2 domains - How?

     
5:33 pm on Jul 24, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Hi All,

I've been researching like crazy - and it's driving me crazy. I'm wondering if you all would have advice on how to deal with the SEO implications for my situation.

Our company has 2 different websites for the same business on 2 different domains - both serving up very redundantly similar same content: www.domainA.com & www.domainB.com. I've redesigned a new website that will live at www.domainA.com once it launches (will replace the current www.domainA.com website) and the site at www.domainB.com will be removed so that we have a single consolidated domain / website for our company.

Do you think the best solution is to set up page-specific 301 redirects from www.domainB.com to www.domainA.com - AND page-specific 301 redirects from OLD www.domainA.com pages to NEW www.domainA.com pages? FYI much of the content structure has changed as well, so not all pages correspond to the new site - should those simply 301 to the root of www.domainA.com?

Is there a concern setting up 301s from both domains?

To add more confusion, the www.domainB.com version of our site barely shows up in Google - www.domainA.com is the dominant site that shows up in Google.
8:11 pm on July 25, 2015 (gmt 0)

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If domainB barely shows up, I'd ignore it for now rather than complicating your domainA redesign. Page specific 301s from oldA to newA pages would be my approach. When the dust has settled and everything is indexed, then do domainB page specific 301s to newA pages. I wouldn't 301 to root.
5:00 am on July 26, 2015 (gmt 0)

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if domain B barely shows up in google or other search engines, forget about redirecting as you have nothing to loose...simply remove site B...
5:28 am on July 26, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Might be over think... B is not useful at present so, as suggested above. just ignore it... but I would take that a step further: Kill the B site... park it as a protection with a basic redirect to A would make sense... even to G.

But that means B is actually dead, with no page direct redirects! Make B 410 gone if you can.
3:52 pm on July 28, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Thanks all, very helpful!