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redirecting to my new domain

     
8:46 pm on Feb 6, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have just moved to a paid hosting from a free domain I got with my ISP.

I want to redirect people from my old site to my new one but also want to keep the page rank I have acquired.

I cannot do a 301 redirect as my free webspace will not allow me to upload a .htaccess file.

How can I do this without annoying search engines?

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Paul

5:00 pm on Feb 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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There is no sure way to do it.

Personally, I'd start the new site as a separate project, using non-duplicate content, but not move key content cross for a few months, until you'd got some links and stbility with the new site.

Gradually increase the links from old > new, and gradually move stuff across.

If you can, you want the new site to be independent of the old from day one, so once people go from old > new, they should have no reason to go back. Avoid linking from new to old if possible (but don't worry too much - this is about avoiding reader confusion, SEs won't mind).

To summarise, without a 301, you cannot effectively transfer the strength of the old to the new.

So plan the new site on its own merits from Day 1. Use reader-useful links as you transfer from old to new. Avoid duplication or 'link exchange' schemes at all costs