Hi again, Polebabe ~
Please remember that pointing domain name at the same content is not
the same issue as creating duplicate content on your two sites.
Search engines understand the need for having more than one domain
name for whatever reason - from preserving brand names to covering
common misspellings that your competition could exploit in their own
Whatever the reason, either parking the other domains to point to the
website with the content or a 301 redirect works just fine with all
the major search engines, duplicate content will get you in trouble -
as you have seen.
Here's an excellent article written by Ralph Wilson on redirects,
While the article is almost a year old, the same information is as
valid today as it was then.
Jill Whalen's High Rankings discussion board also discusses 301 redirects,
and you can do a search within the Google News discussion of Webmaster World,
The bottom line is that the duplicate content obviously hurt you,
especially since the search engines dropped the domain you wanted.
My advice is to use a 301 permanent redirect on the .htaccess of your
whatdoyouwantla.com site, redirecting it to the taylormarsh.com site
until such time as you have the taylormarsh.com site independently
listed and indexed by your search engines.
This also means not to further refer others to the old site, but to
the new site; and do not try to continue listing the old site.
It may take a few months now for the new site to be indexed and listed
(and it may not, search engines can be so unpredictable), but hang in
there and it will eventually work out.
* 301 redirect
* site redirect
I know this will work, but please don't expect it to happen overnight,
this rarely does.
Once you have redirected the old site to the new site, do write to the
Google editors at email@example.com and explain what happened. (See
"Other Reasons" your site might not be listed on Google),
Please note they say, "We do not make any guarantees about if or when
we will re-include your site." On the other hand, Google and the other
search engines are not so unreasonable as to not recognize an honest
mistake and help you out. Remember, their goal is to serve the
searcher the most relevant information in response to their query.
Best of luck,
Google Answers Researcher