I moved from wordpress.com that was mapped to a domain A.net to another domain B.com for 8 months ago.

Now the mapping between domain A.net and wordpress.com is expired but still domain A.net redirects (301) to domain B.com

So what Should I do,

  • Remove Wordpress.com site permanently.

  • Extend the wordpress.com mapping with domain A.net

  • Discourage search engine to index Wordpress.com (I set this option for 1 month ago)

  • Actually, I lost 100% rank from google, so if I rollbacked the move and remapped the Wordpress.com to domain A.net after enabling the discouragement of the search engine option, it will go back to its old rank!

  • Do you have 1 to 1 (url by url) mapping from wordpress to A.net to B.com?
    – Kannan
    Commented Aug 20, 2020 at 11:23
  • There is a mapping like this [email protected] mapped to melqassas.net then I performed 301 redirects from melqassas.net to melqassas.com with different URL structure so, the map is between [email protected] mapped to melqassas.net and the redirect between melqassas.net and melqassas.com Commented Aug 20, 2020 at 12:59
  • check, whether internal links from site B still contain site A, is the new sitemap correct with site B, is the search console correct - new property for site B created, active, error-free
    – Evgeniy
    Commented Aug 20, 2020 at 13:45
  • What about wordpress.com, should I extend the mapping again or rollback the move? is it still has its rank in Google! Commented Aug 20, 2020 at 14:55
  • This is my case link1 and link2 Commented Aug 20, 2020 at 14:58

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Mueller from Google recommends to keep redirects in place for at least a year:

301 is permanent, it means forever and that's a mighty long time, but I'm here to tell you, there's something else: the server maintenance. After a few years the old URLs are often no longer accessed & you can drop those redirects.


If they're no longer needed after a while (usually I recommend keeping them at least a year), and you don't see traffic to them, then removing them is fine since it makes long-term maintenance easier.


Then, if you don't have an appreciable amount of users still accessing the old domain, you can let the domain and redirects lapse.

Do not discourage search engines from indexing domain A. This might cause them to stop indexing the redirects, which could harm the site move.

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