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    redirect vs forwarding of a domain to a website

    Hello,

    I am forwarding most of my domains to my website. Is that better or a redirect is better in terms of SEO?

    Even if one is better, what difference does it make anyway, because the domain is still an undeveloped domain, whether redirected or forwarded. It still has no chance of appearing at a good spot in a search engine...am I wrong?

    Also, if I forwarded the domain, there is no way to trakc how many visitors each domain is bringging to my site, but if i use redirect, then it is possible am I correct

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    From an SEO and usability point of view a 301 redirect (via htaccess) is the best practice because without such search engines only see the domain attached to actual website content as relevant whereas with redirect search engines will interpret both domains as related. Also users are being redirected without any delay and without any possibility of being frauded or whatever (as forwarding has been misused fo that in the ast). As to tracking I don’t know but I think it will at least be harder to track if people accessed the site from domain 1 or domain 2 if you use a 301 redirect. What such a redirect actually does is tell the server that this domain is permanently redirected and there’s nothing to expect at this place. But I guess there are trackers that can even track such things.

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    when you say "whereas with redirect search engines will interpret both domains as related" how is the advantage over forwarding here? again i was saying, the forwarded domain name is an undeveloped name, therefore not even close to top search results anyway...so how does it matter? is it because the search engine thinks "there are many relevant domain names pointing to this website"? (of course assuming that the forwarded domains have relevant keywords in them)

    also how about making one page website to each domain even if it is just the link to the main website. (this way you cantrack it better too)...is that better for seo than a redirect?

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    If the domains are completely undeveloped, as in they've never had any content and therefore have never acquired any links from anywhere else, it makes no difference what you do.

    It's only if the domains have some kind of credibility, from inbound links, that it matters. Then, a 301 redirect is preferable to a 302 redirect (which is what you typically get when you just point domains).


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