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.