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Currently, I have a domain with an associated WordPress site example.fr, which is correctly indexed by Google. But also, I have another domain name example.eu which redirects to the main one -> example.fr. My second domain -> example.eu is indexed as a WordPress blog even though it is just used as a redirect:

Indexing of my site on google

  • Can I change the way my site appears in Google searches? If yes how?
  • If it is not possible, should I de-index my domain (example.eu), so that only my main domain (example.fr) appears in Google results?

My domains are hosted by O2switch, and I have access to all data via Google search console.

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  • 1st Q> How long has your site been live? Your linked image, (btw it is better to use the icon that looks like an image to place the image into the question), says My Blog ... first post. 2nd Q> What is the correct location URL. Google for example owns gooogle.com with three "o" that URL is "Permanent 301 redirect" to the correct spelling. 3rd Q> are there links pointing at the Goooogle.com equivalent site? Nov 18, 2022 at 1:30
  • Note the setting for wordpress that point to the home page ... the correct URL based on on-page content is in your Administration > Settings > General panel, Nov 18, 2022 at 2:07
  • 1st Q>Thank you for responding, my site has been online for 2 years now. The main url of my site is now [my-blog].FR. 2nd Q> If I follow your logic, [my-blog].EU corresponds now to gooogle.com with three "O", and currently it is also a "permanent 301 redirect". Background: I think this might help me, a week ago now my main site was [my-blog].EU and [my-blog].FR was a "permanent 301 redirect" but I decided to change the logic and put [my-blog].FR as my main domain. Nov 18, 2022 at 9:11
  • Google doesn't usually index redirecting domains. However, if you were searching for site:example.eu Google might make it look like it was indexed just to show that it knows about the domain. Were using using a site: query to find it, or did it appear for some normal query? May 19, 2023 at 15:20

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Sorry for the delay, so if I understand: You had both example.eu and example.fr and setup example.fr as the one you wanted to use with example.eu being a parked domain as your trademark with a 301 to the site you were using. But, geo-changing situations and EU being a broader category you now want example.eu as your site with content.

First thing you should know is how long will it take. My experience is maybe a month or so, with caveats and qualifiers. Google has been volatile as of late, with updates to the quality of their product search and other minor changes.

The last info I have from @GoogleSearchCentral #AskGooglebot

0:17 It seems that nothing's permanent in this world, 0:20 so how long is permanent when it comes to redirects? 0:24 At Google, we try to reprocess all pages 0:27 at least every few months. 0:29 Most pages are checked much more often. 0:32 However, the amount of crawling is limited
0:34 and there are many, many pages that we'd like to crawl, 0:37 so we have to prioritize. 0:40 When a URL changes, our systems need
0:42 to see the change in the form of a redirect for at least
0:45 a few times in order to record that change. 0:48 To be certain that a redirect has been seen a few times, 0:51 we recommend keeping the redirect in place 0:53 for at least one year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ml7cQHkUc2Q

Why so long?

Well around 20 years ago there were people up around this time who were cloaking pages, keyword stuffing, and at least one guy with a sites for Halloween store, Christmas store, and Valentines store that guy setup his Halloween site and valentines day sites to forward to his Christmas site, after Christmas he would forward to his valentines day site. The search engine they were waiting for was excite; They did a monthly update and at that time they turned a blind eye to cloaking and the update picked the winners and the losers. That changed when somebody started guaranteeing to put other people's sites at the top position in search engines. New York Times got interested and asked the search engines if other people could do that ... they said no because if users thought that was the case it would damage their brand. To satisfy the needs of marketers they gave us paid ads above the organic search results. In other words they cut out the middle man. And, tell the New York Times that they run advertisements first.

So search engines started processing redirects with a small degree of trust.

How to improve the process

All internal links should be pointed to the new URL, all external links you have control over, (all social media pages), should point their links to the new URL. In other words the change is not a temporary change till next month of indeed a long-term "permanent change."

When the change is seen as permanent that will change how search engines see the pair of sites. Sadly just putting the redirect on the example.fr is not enough to be seen as permanent in the first few weeks.

And as noted in comments, WordPress has a setting for the URL that it uses to point to the main domain. That needs to be changed as to the new main domain ... it is a "Strong," signal as to what domain should be indexed.

After all changes have been made to signal the .eu as the page to be indexed so that the .fr is no longer to be indexed ... you can attract the robot by using https://search.google.com/search-console/not-verified?original_url=/search-console/settings/change-address&original_resource_id

Alternatively, one could keep both sites and put up unique content.

Another option is to remove the 301, keep both sites, and refer the users of example.fr that there is new content at example.eu. and on occasion put new content on example.fr.

IE that guy with the three store, could put up a notice that Halloween products are sold out and they have new deals at Chrismas-at-[our-band].com

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