My website domain is a.example. I need to change/move to a new hosting. While doing this on my new host, I accidentally made an redirect error that make my URLs (.htaccess): a.example/article-1/ redirect to b.example. (b.example is not related to me.)

I have fixed that error. The original URL a.example/article-1/ is accessible on my website now normally, but it is not found on Google search, it's b.example instead when I type original URL in search box. I lost a lot of traffic and time with this. It has been a week.

How to fix and update the search results on Google? Will Google update automatically index a.example/article-1/ again? Is it just matter of time? Is there anything else that is harmful to my site in this situation?

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In case your a.example hasn't got identical content with b.example, here is no reason why it should not get indexed again in 1 - 2 weeks after you have removed the accidental redirect. It is just as if you have launched a new site. However, if you have some history of content on a.example, which has been shortly interrupted by the mis-redirect but now it is back again, you should recover well (not a rule, but rather my experience with me fooling around with redirects of microsites to main sites, in similar manner).

I am not sure what you meant by /article-1/ URL. Did you redirect just this one page? Or did you do a.example/* -> b.example/*, and redirect everything? In the first case, your losses would be minimized. In second case, Google probably got a 404 on b.example, making the redirects invalid, which raises your chances to get indexed again soon. Hope this helps.

  • Hello @Marko36, thank you for your useful answer. My situation is the first case. ' /article-1/' to 'b.com'. Now the 'b.com', i have make it discourage from search engine. And i wait.
    – Max
    Commented May 5, 2019 at 9:56
  • And so, other pages of your site remain indexed?
    – marko-36
    Commented May 5, 2019 at 10:05
  • I still wait. I will update here when i see something new. Do you think will Ms.Google re-index my /article-1/ again?
    – Max
    Commented May 5, 2019 at 10:15
  • If you have removed the redirect and it has inbound links, it wure will get indexed. Submitting a sitemap might help, especially if you have a large site.
    – marko-36
    Commented May 5, 2019 at 10:52
  • Dear Marko. I want to tell you that it has been get indexed again. It is more than 1 week. Fell so good now. Thanks Bro for your useful support.
    – Max
    Commented May 5, 2019 at 19:57

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