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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 '13 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 '13 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 '13 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. – Stephen Ostermiller Jul 4 '13 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 '13 at 12:36

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