I've searched Google high and low. There are many answers to this question. I even asked another question similar to this one however it lacked specificity. Something this question will not lack.
I bought a new domain a month ago. The domain name was too long to make a brand name from plus the social media accounts were already taken for it. After deciding on a brand name I then bought the brand name as a
.net and a 4th domain that was a good expired domain with great backlinks. I have redirected all 4 to my main site. My problem is I don't know apache code, Google has to many answers, how do I know If I redirected them properly? Properly as far as Google and my SEO are concerned I already know that they redirect to my website. That part works.
WHAT I WANT: I want to redirect all 4 domains to my main site, not have those 4 domains be indexed in Google (I don't have to worry about directives for indexing, crawling, which version I want; www or non-www, etc,.), not have duplicate content issues, want to have each one a 301 redirect, and I want the link juice for the 4th domain. A proper 301 will make sure I get the link juice.
- This is an image that shows the HTTP Headers for each of the redirected domains I've tested each they show the same.
Obviously redirecting the
.net to my main site will neither help nor harm my SEO efforts. The 4th domain (containing great backlinks) will help my SEO efforts if I have the redirect set up right.
Did I setup my domains to redirect to my main domain properly? Did I leave something out, forget something important? Lots of variables.
THE EXAMPLE - PROBLEM
These 4 domains below are the sites that are being redirected to my main site.
I have redirected each of these 4 sites to my main site using an
.htaccess file for each domain. Each are the same. Here are the directives.
# Rewrite Engine On RewriteEngine on # Redirect this entire domain, example1.com, to the domain example2.com RedirectMatch 301 ^(.*)$ http://www.example.com
The major question here is this: This 301 redirect that I performed for each site. Is it correct as far as Google and SEO in concerned. like I said they work as far as redirecting to my site goes. I just can't know, without your help and guidance, if I did it right or left something out. This is the only redirect I have added to these 4 domains. So I still need to add more?
- I have not added the www or non www version directive. Being that I have redirected the domains I didn't think I needed to do this. Do I need to do this? Do I need to still treat this domain as if it is a website?
- Will this domain be indexed in the search engines or will me redirecting it keep it out of the search engines? I do not want duplicate content.
- The domains will have nothing on them so if i redirect and they are also in the search engine this could be bad but If I redirect them they shouldn't show up in the search results right?
- Do I need to ALSO use a
robots.txtfile that disallows the site from being indexed or will the redirect do that on its own?
Thanks for reading! It took me a long time to write this so please even if you down vote it to all hell at least give me some answers. I beg it of you. I have done all that I can to make sure this question was asked in a way that it applies to everyone, is very specific, and follows the rules. I have been battling with this for a while. Again, thanks in advance and I look forward to your replies.