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Searching 'Dragon Notes' in Google predominantly yields (1) rather than (2) - even for images; (2)'s almost non-existent. Differences:

  • (2) is more up-to-date, has a better sitemap and source code
  • (2) was submitted as an exact copy of (1) - and only improved from thereon
  • (2) takes a lot longer than (1) did to 'Validate' new pages
  • (2)'s average (search) 'Position' is 74 (Google analytics) - (1)'s was significantly lesser
  • (1) is removed from 'Properties' in Google Search Console, leaving only (2)
  • (1), however, isn't deleted from its hosting provider (or simply 'deleted')

I no longer update (1), and don't wish it in search results; I've only kept it out of concern that neither of my sites will show on search, rather than the less-desired one (is this true?).

Any remedy? Help's appreciated.

(1): https://dragonnoteshq.com
(2): https://dragonnotes.org

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To pass the link juice, did you do a 301 Permanent Redirect from you (1) to (2)?

If YES, then wait for more time to let google recognize the new site.

IF NO, then do the above suggested step.

  • Facing bit of a roadblock @301PR; in the meantime - would deleting (1) be as or more effective than a 301? – OverLordGoldDragon Feb 19 at 16:05
  • If deleting (1) would not have any impact on your revenue goals and have the time to wait for your new one to rank, then YES. If your (1) has been ranking earlier and driving high traffic to your site, then it is a NO. – idk Feb 20 at 7:44
  • This is a bit risky and I would recommend to do cautiously. Above is a suggestion based on my personal experience. While I did the above, some URLs took 24 hours to regain positions while others took 15-30 days to rank due to high competition. Also, some never regained their rankings and are still stuck in 2nd or 3rd page. – idk Feb 20 at 7:46
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Yours site 1 is killing/cannibalising the site 2. Since the older version has more authority over the second one, 1 will beat 2 in rankings for a long time.
to-do;
Map all your older URLs to new ones and implement a 301 redirect at a page level.

  • a) List all your Site 1 URLs in a single column in excel
  • b) List all your Site 2 URLs in a single column next to in excel
  • c) Map all those URLs to each other
  • d) Using this mapping sheet, create 301 redirects for URL to URL and implement this to site 1.

Result: In time, site 1 will disappear from SERPs and site 2 will start showing up..

  • Facing bit of a roadblock @301PR; in the meantime - would deleting (1) be as or more effective than a 301? – OverLordGoldDragon Feb 19 at 16:05
  • It will work but, not as efficient and fast as 301 redirects. Plus: site1 authority will go down the sinkhole.. so site2 will not be able to benefit from it.. And also; your users (searchers) will see 404 pages for along time.. – hasbehas Feb 20 at 11:11

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