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Switched domains 1+ yr ago - but old domain appears as linking site?

     
10:17 pm on Sep 16, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Does anyone know if itís normal for a previous domain of the same site (that was 301-redirected 18 months ago ) to show up in the ĎTop linking sitesí list in Google webmaster tools? It also appears in Google results, but only when you search for the old domain.

I've not got another site I've migrated to compare to know if this is just normal, or whether something has wrong awry in the process?

Many thanks!

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12:20 am on Sept 17, 2019 (gmt 0)

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I don't use GWT at all BUT I can tell you I have sites I closed 2-3-4 years ago that Google still has in both the regular and image SERPs.

DDG and Bing do not.
12:55 am on Sept 17, 2019 (gmt 0)

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if this is just normal, or whether something has wrong awry in the process
Yes to both.
1:35 am on Sept 17, 2019 (gmt 0)

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G's serps move glacially slow in some things ... instantly in others. Neither of which can be depended upon.

Bing picks up redirects pretty quick and seems to consistently update their serps. G seems to hold on to things far too long, even when instructed via 301 to make the change. There's not much you can do about that ... except make sure your 301s are performing properly.

Example of horse to water analogy.
5:06 am on Sept 17, 2019 (gmt 0)

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As long as you can't actually visit the old domain, it is just Google's habit of never forgetting an URL it has met. If the old domain still exists you can always check to see that the responses are actually 301 and not 302 in the access logs (or by checking the headers).
10:42 am on Sept 17, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Thanks everyone, good to know - I won't worry about it then!