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i have a problem and hope that you can help me.
I've got a domain www.example1.com about the topic "widgets".
There is on competitor with a similar domain name. Its possible to buy this domain since yesterday.
It is the domain www.example2.com
Now i've bought the domain www.example2.com and will host it on the same IP like www.example1.com
So the www.example2.com is on the same IP and the same server like www.example1.com
Now I want to forward the domain www.example2.com through 301 to www.example1.com
Does this work in terms of SEO? I want to keep the backlinks and the popularity of the purchased
www.example2.com for the old domain www.example1.com
Will this method work out for Google? What do i have to keep in mind and take care of?
Thanks in advance.
[edited by: Webwork at 4:25 pm (utc) on Oct. 6, 2009]
[edit reason] Per Charter please use Example.com, the domain that will never have an owner [/edit]
If example2.com has decent back links and pagerank, why not keep the two separate and utilize example2.com for a little link juice to example1.com and for reputation management purposes?
If you were to keep them separate, the goal, to me, would be to keep the two domains completely untied to each other except for a well placed link or two. You can revise contact info, company names, and forms on example2.com if you wanted to but leave the existing page names as they are so backlinks retain continuity and maximum effectiveness.
Private registration could be a good idea since Google will be able to determine that you are the new owner of example2.com and that you are also the owner of example1.com.
If you were to do that, you would keep example2.com on it's original IP address at it's original host. If not, then move it to an IP address at a third host. If not that, then move it to a non-shared IP address at your own host.
That would be one way of handling it. Of course 301ing everything over to example1.com would be the easy way of handling it.