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301, will it bounce away negative signals as well as positive?

     
12:45 pm on Jan 22, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I run a website where example people from one example country work in another example country (I believe that's sufficiently ambiguous to comply with WW community guidelines). It's a family friendly site, not designed to be edgy in any way etc.

However, many moons ago there was a mainstream news article on the oldest profession in one of the countries we deal with and advise upon. It was well written and I thought it worthy of inclusion on our family safe site. I wrote to the publisher and asked their permission to reproduce, which they granted.

Fast forward a decade and the original publisher long removed the article, don't know why, maybe just expired news or something. That leaves my site the only publisher of this particular article on the oldest progression in this particular country. It's attracted a number of good links. The Wikipedia page on this particular country lists the article as further reading and Wikipedians have seen fit to keep it there for the last seven or eight years to date.
It's also attracted a number of smut links i.e. undesirable for my family safe website.

I decided to get the article off my site. My reasoning is that it's a risk to host it (even though it's a legit, well written mainstream article). I'm also planning to apply for participation in the Adsense program at some point, and it's unclear if it would cause an issue with that. It has sufficient traffic and links to stop me deleting it, so while I make up my mind what to do with it, I moved it off site and onto it's own domain (now it's the only page on it's own domain, which has the potential to be developed).

I know that bad neighbourhood/smut links are out of the equation if they point at 404/410 pages, but what about 301? I have 301d this page to it's new domain, so I'm wondering if there is still the potential for any negative impact on the 301ing domain? (note that I have no evidence there has ever been any negative impact, I'm taking precautions).

I will probably delete the page eventually, as I just can't think of a way to monetise it without throwing smut affiliate ads onto it. It just seems counter intuitive to delete a page that gets traffic.

Do you have any advise for me?
12:22 pm on May 19, 2015 (gmt 0)

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A 301 redirect would still pass all the link juice from the unwanted sites. It's just going to pass it to your new domain instead of the old one. Are you worried that there will still be negative impact on the domain with the 301? Have you considered disavowing the links?
4:11 pm on May 20, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Yes that's my primary concern. It seems counter intuitive to kill off traffic for a 'maybe' kill off some negative vibes too. . . but I basically want the origin domain to be squeaky clean more than anything else.
5:46 pm on May 20, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Are you primarily getting referral traffic, were it wouldn't matter if you disavowed? If so, I would disavow and redirect. I think your original domain would be fine.