I have been struggling with GWT for the past few weeks. I used to have an old personal website whose main address was example.com. I developed a new one at a different host, using example.cc. I want .cc to be my new main domain from now on, so I forwarded example.com and example2.com (another domain which used to point to example.com) to example.cc.

Following the instructions from GWT, I added 6 properties:

  • example.cc
  • www.example.cc
  • example.com
  • www.example.com
  • example2.com
  • www.example2.com

The verification was correct and the forwarding seemed to work perfectly. However, I cannot set the preferred domain option in example.cc anymore. I have been waiting for a few weeks, but still the option seems disabled. All the transfers of address (www.example.com, example.com, example2.com, www.example2.com) have been submitted and successful according to GWT:

Your request for a site move has succeeded.
If you believe this is an error, you can withdraw the request.

Any thoughts on what can I be doing wrong? I have been checking posts with similar questions, but to the best of my knowledge the configuration was different.

  • I've exemplified your domain(s), however, the last domain in your list was a duplicate - I assumed this was just a typo in your question. – MrWhite Nov 27 '16 at 14:16
  • Just to clarify, the "preferred domain" only relates to the www canonicalisation of example.cc. But if you've already set up canonical 301 redirects to the preferred domain then you don't need to set the preferred domain in GSC (formerly GWT). – MrWhite Nov 27 '16 at 14:21
  • Thanks @w3dk for exemplifying, I was not aware of that. And yes, that was a typo! – drozas Nov 27 '16 at 15:01
  • Thanks for your answer! So, there is no need to make canonical the redirections between them? This is how I understood the process should be done, I might not be understanding it correctly: - Preferred domain example.com with respect to www.example.com - Preferred domain example2.com with respect to www.example2.com - Preferred domain example.cc with respect to www.example.cc - Set 301 from example.com, www.example.com, example2.com, www.example2.com, www.example.cc to example.cc – drozas Nov 27 '16 at 15:02
  • In addition, I have noticed while searching on google that some old entries (from www.example.com) are still there. Is this issue related to this? I did the transfer of domain around 3 weeks ago. Thanks! – drozas Nov 27 '16 at 15:08

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