We have a main website for a big company, let's say www.tartempion.com.

We bought about 60 domain names (let's say www.tartempion.org, www.tartempion.se but also www.strangename.net), mainly to avoid that domain squatters do it.

Is it a good idea to have 301 redirects for all those domains, or would it be better to have no content at all? Can I find some authoritative documentation on the subject?

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If you bought all these domains to avoid cyber squatting, you can apply 301 redirects to the main website. It will indicate to visitors all domains belong to your company.

  • Thanks. Any reference document to help convince my coworkers that this won't ruin our rankings?
    – ymajoros
    Jul 4, 2013 at 9:41
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    I don't have a reference document but you can read this. For me, it's just logical. Big companies like Microsoft... do it.
    – Zistoloen
    Jul 4, 2013 at 9:58
  • Logical to me to, but not to everyone. Microsoft example is a good one to me, but what about unrelated domain names?
    – ymajoros
    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:06
  • I agree that it is common practice. I've worked as an employee of several top websites that have hundreds of typo and alternate domain names that redirect to the main site. Jul 4, 2013 at 10:15
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    It's a little bit different but Google purchases many companies and for some of them, it redirects old domain name to google.com. Example for phonetics-arts.com. You can find some examples of companies which have a domain name redirected to Google on this Wikipedia page.
    – Zistoloen
    Jul 4, 2013 at 12:36

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