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    How Search-Engine Rules Cause Sites to Go Missing
    This is an interesting article for anyone wondering why their site suddenly vanished on Google.

    http://online.wsj.com/public/article..._20070411.html

    "Google's Mr. Cutts says the search engine should ultimately understand what is going on when a site changes its Web address. He says the best strategy is to move one section of the site to the new address and see what happens before switching the whole thing."
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    The system sucks, but those of us strugling for visibility in Google, Yahoo, etc., should have little sympathy for an outfit that can blindly pay $$$$$1Mil for a new domain without realizing the ramifications of such a changeover.
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    301 redirecting important ranking pages may help. It won't help the whole site though.

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    Thanks for passing the read along Leeann. More of the same challenges, but I am amazed that a $1m domain name purchase was made by someone who did not realize the G ramifications ahead of time. Perhaps they'd have been better off to stick with the .net while they built a new brand for the .com?
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    Man when the G does not like it can kill you - literally. Thanks for the read it was a great article.

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    Yeah, dumb move. THey should've just kept .net and redirected the .com to the .net.
    If they get enough articles about this story, the inbound links for them may push them back up...

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    Interesting read, but I'm not sure I agree with this comment
    It's just that [Google] didn't set out to wield this level of influence over the Net.
    "This level of influence" is how Google pays its bills (and shareholders...).
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    Here is a silly question
    Why would they not simply redirect all traffic from topix.com to topic.net ?

    So, any type-in traffic from topix.com would lead to topix.net .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesehead
    Why would they not simply redirect all traffic from topix.com to topic.net ?

    So, any type-in traffic from topix.com would lead to topix.net .
    It seems like they think that routing traffic to the .com tld would somehow generate greater credibility. That said, I don't agree with them, and I would definitely also route traffic to the already established domain (from .com to .net).
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