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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. – Simon Hayter Feb 15 '13 at 15:46
  • @bybe: That isn't the case here. If I go incognito, it's the still the same issue. – TechWire Feb 15 '13 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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