For years, I've had two domains (this is a ficticious example): allbenchescatchdirt.com and abcd.com

They both do okay in terms of ranking for their keywords. However, I noticed something weird:

If I search for "abcd", the domain, allbenchescatchdirt.com, shows up as the first result and abcd.com shows up as second.

I have a 301 redirect on allbenchescatchdirt.com and the title tag of abcd.com is "abcd" and I've made sure that the keywords are placed accordingly in the content.

I know it's difficult to provide information without knowing what the real domain is, but from a first glance, any idea why this is the case?

  • Sounds like Google is caching your results from the way you have clicked previously. If using Chrome do a CTRL+SHIFT+N to open incognito and once in that window navigate to Google and do the same search this time with no Google Cookies or Tracking enabled. Let us know. Feb 15, 2013 at 15:46
  • @bybe: That isn't the case here. If I go incognito, it's the still the same issue.
    – TechWire
    Feb 15, 2013 at 15:48

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My mistake! It looks like there was a 302 redirect on the full domain. I've now changed it to a 301, so I believe this should take care of the issue.


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