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I have a sub-page on my site that can be access at example.com/bar. This page represents a special service on my website that has gathered a lot of attention on the internet.

I don't want people to have to remember the address of this page on my site, so I registered foo.example which is easier to remember. I disabled example.com/bar from being shown in search results using a meta tag so that it doesn't take attention away from foo.example, but now I need foo.example to load the content of example.com/bar and show up in search results as if it was.

What DNS setting should I use to make this kind of alias, and how can I optimize my dedicated domain for search results?

  • DNS cannot do what you want. DNS can only point a domain to a server. Rather than ask "What DNS setting", you should be asking how to configure your server. – Stephen Ostermiller Apr 24 at 9:10
  • There is no way that the domain is going to simply replace the page in search results. Search engines are very likely to judge content on a different domain to be not the same as a page on a larger site. I don't know if you could get better rankings in the end, but your rankings are almost certainly to suffer for the first year or two when moving a page to its own domain. – Stephen Ostermiller Apr 24 at 9:14
  • I've closed this because you have asked two very distinct questions in one post. "How do I set this up" and "How do I do SEO" should be asked as separate questions. Please edit this question to remove the SEO portion, so that this can be re-opened. – Stephen Ostermiller Apr 24 at 9:17
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Two important things:

  • robots.txt directives do not keep a page out of search results, and it may be hurting the search equity of your page. You want as much of your search equity as possible to transfer to the new domain. Remove your robots.txt directive.

  • You cannot use DNS to alias paths like this. DNS has no concept of anything that comes after the domain name.

To achieve the setup you want:

  • Move your web app from the example.com server to the foo.example server. If you don't want to move it, you might be able to use a clever reverse proxy setup instead, but moving it is the more straightforward way.

  • Set up your server to 301 Permanent Redirect example.com/bar to foo.example. This both redirects visitors and transfers equity. Leave it up for at least a year, preferably indefinitely.

Hope this is helpful.

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  • sorry, I meant meta tag. corrected. The problem is that I don't want to redirect to foo.example. I want to use my new domain foo.com – Hackstaar Apr 24 at 3:21
  • foo.com is a real domain name owned by DigiMedia L.P.. Patrick helpfully came by and edited your question and my answer to use foo.example instead, because .example is a domain name extension that was specifically set aside to use in examples. In reality, of course, you won't want to use foo.com or foo.example, but the specific domain name that you actually own. – Maximillian Laumeister Apr 24 at 3:29
  • I wouldn't use a meta tag, either, unless you really want your page to disappear until you get it working on the new domain. You will probably want to leave your page serving and indexable right up until the point that you have the app running on your new domain and put the redirect in place at your old url. – Maximillian Laumeister Apr 24 at 3:31

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