Old Links in Google Listings
Asked by: teflerdean-ga
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23 Feb 2004 09:58 PST
Expires: 24 Mar 2004 09:58 PST
Question ID: 309891
One of the websites I maintain has moved to a new link (it's own domain). ie It has moved from a link like: (A) http://www.oldcompany.com/myblah/ to a link like: (B) http://www.myblah.com but Google is still indexing it through the old link. In search results the old link is outranking the new link. What should I place at the old link "http://www.oldcompany.com" to indicate to Google's bot that the link has moved? Or how can we inform Google's bot that it has moved? We have updated all the referring links on the net to the new domain. Currently the oldlink shows identical content to the new link. Is this wrong?
Re: Old Links in Google Listings
Answered By: robertskelton-ga on 23 Feb 2004 16:30 PST
Hi there, First of all, it takes a while for Google to notice all the changed links. Once it realises that all the links now point to your new site, and none point to the old site, the new site should rank higher. So when Google next updates their index (perhaps a month from now), all should be fine. Google recommends that you only have your content on one site. The best solution is to remove your old site from the web, and submit the URL to Google. Google will see that it is no longer there, and remove it from the index. "Don't create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with substantially duplicate content." ://www.google.com/webmasters/guidelines.html Submit URL ://www.google.com/addurl.html The other option is to use a HTTP 301 (permanent) redirect. Information on this and all aspects of removing your site from Google's index can be found on this official page: Remove Content from Google's Index ://www.google.com/remove.html Best wishes, robertskelton-ga
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