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switters
Jun 9, 2006, 12:51 PM
I already have a domain name but I purchased a new one as well. I want that new one to also direct viewers to the same site as the older domain name does. How could I do that??


Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thanks :)



yellow
Jun 9, 2006, 12:52 PM
One way..

Use HTTP redirect:

http://www.w3.org/QA/Tips/reback

CanadaRAM
Jun 9, 2006, 12:56 PM
Or simply ask your web host to direct the domain to that specific folder in your account.

johnniewalker
Jun 15, 2006, 05:11 PM
I'm sure I've read that pointing more than one URL at a site can damage it's ranking abilities? unless you use a 301 permanent redirect as google recommends.

I know that google doesn't like redirects, so I'd be concerned about doing what has been suggested, what would be better is buying hosting with your new URL and setting up an informative site of at least a few pages filled with plenty of applicable content and provide links to your original site from there, if your new site can gain plenty of links and google pagerank it should help the original site.

I actually tried directing another URL at an existing site and the original site never got any pagerank for months until a few days after I stopped the redirect! could have been coincidence?

Les Kern
Jun 16, 2006, 07:57 AM
On the first web site, leave the name and set the domain to the new one, and hide the old name. In other words, clicking on www.firstsite.com will send you to www.secondsite.com, and the URL at the top will not change from www.firstsite.com. The second site can work as normal. No ranking issues to dea with either.

johnniewalker
Jun 16, 2006, 02:33 PM
But I thought he wanted to use both domain names at the same time? with only one 'main' site, are you just talking about a 'masked' redirect?, if so then the same redirect search engine problems exist.