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We want to forward site2.com over to site1.com for about six months using a 301 redirect since both domain names get traffic. In six months time, we will make a new site, for new cooking products on site2.com and would like to take off the 301 redirect then. I've heard that a 301 redirect is considered "permanently moved." Or is it only "permanently moved" as long as it's in the .htaccess file? If I take off the 301 redirect in six months will there be any harm done in terms of seo?
I know the domain can be forwarded at the domain registrar, but the client registered at a place that wants to charge $49 per year for domain forwarding which I think is ridiculous. A 301 redirect is free, as is domain forwarding at most other registrars I've worked with.