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    Web Ho - Design B!tch ~Michelle's Avatar
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    301 redirect using htaccess question
    I was just reading a couple different sites about using 301 redirect in your htaccess file.

    One site said once you add the redirect to your .htaccess file that you can delete the website files on your old site/domain name and you are good to go.

    Another site said DO NOT delete the website files on your old site/domain name for search engine reasons.

    It seems to me that the first site would be correct since once the 301 redirect is added to the old site everything is just forwarded to the new site.

    Any opinions on this?
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    Good question. I'm doing some consolidating myself and was wondering the same thing...
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    might be covered here...
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    I would side with the first sites information. Once the 301 is in place, all traffic is forwarded (including bots). Maybe someone with far more search engine authority can chime in and give us a professional opinion.
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    One site said once you add the redirect to your .htaccess file that you can delete the website files on your old site/domain name and you are good to go.
    Another site said DO NOT delete the website files on your old site/domain name for search engine reasons.
    Both reasons are good, depending on what is your purpose.

    If your purpose is to simply redirect your visitors from the old site to the new one, then the first option may be fine.
    However, if you are looking to retain your rankings with the search engines, it will be a good idea to give time to the search engines to "absorb your 301's" so that your old rankings are passed on to the new ones, coz it sometimes take time to get updated with the search engines.
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    We went through a similar situation when a large Brand wanted all our affiliates with trade makes in their domain to stop using those domains. I sat down with our SEO engineer and came up with the proceedure here: http://forum.abestweb.com/showpost.p...1&postcount=18

    Unfortunately, we weren't able to let it run its course to see how long it would take for the rankings to migrate as they cut us off in 30 days.

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