engine indexing problem...please help
Not sure if anyone here can help me...but I hope so!
I hosted a free domain with my ISP, and in 1999 switched to a virtual domain hosted by the same company. Because of this, there is a redirect of sorts and both domains are existing beside one another in the same location. This helps with visitors to the old address, but unfortunately has a nasty side effect with search engines...For some of my pages, including (unfortunately) the index page, many search engines are still registering them under the old 'freebie' address. Google, alone, registers only the new one. Despite the time which has gone by, and my submitting the new domain for them to index many times, they continue to refuse to recognize it in place of the old one. Why only on some pages I do not know, especially the main index page. This, of course, has had a huge effect on my search rankings for those pages. It's so frustrating to feel this 'helpless'.
I've added an .htaccess file with a redirect command to see if this will make any difference. Is there any other coding anyone knows of which could be used, or something behind the scenes, which might 'force' an engine to switch to the new domain and forget the old one?
I would greatly appreciate any suggestions or assistance!
Thanks in advance.
Do you mean your old, free domain still exists? After three years? I really would delete it. It would force the engines to look at your new domain. Find other sites to link to your new domain. Search engines don't like duplicate content. It may affect your rankings.
And put a status in your htaccess redirect. By default redirects are temporarily. So don't use this:
redirect /olddomain/free/ http://www.newdomain.com
redirect permanent /olddomain/free/ http://www.newdomain.com
redirect 301 /olddomain/free/ http://www.newdomain.com
Thank you! I didn't know the default with redirect is temporary. Useful to know...
Actually, the new and old domains are pointing to the same place. I don't know how to explain it technically, but because I'm hosting with the same company, they kept my old one active and use aliasing or something so that both domains share the same content (same IP address?). It may not be able to be deleted, simply because it's the space which comes with my account name. But there are still plenty of bookmarks and links pointing to the old url, so I'm glad to have it still available.
I've just heard about another command...
...with conditions and rules. Has anyone used this? Any better for my specific search engine problem?
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