I have two domains (.com and .co.uk) with different websites. In .co.uk domain I have a good ranking and my idea is to redirect the .co.uk domain to .com. I think I have to use 301 redirect.

My questions is, I have two different websites, the two websites are different but with the same categories and some products, I have to create only one redirect of home to home or a should create other pages like similar products, categories and other similar pages in both sites?

The created backlinks usually goes to homepage, so I thought I just needed to redirect the homepage.

I don't want to lose the ranking and have problems with Google crawl.

  • Why did you create two websites with the same content? – Zistoloen Sep 27 '13 at 9:46
  • The idea are have only one website, but thanks anyway Zistoloen. – Tiago Silva Sep 27 '13 at 9:53

If you want remove from Google index the .co.uk, you should apply 301 redirect from all pages on .co.uk to all similar pages on .com (even if all your backlinks come to your .co.uk homepage). Addition to SEO, don't forget to think about users.

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  • Ok. So I gonna create all the 301 redirect of all the categories, pages and some similar products, create the .htaccess. Can I leave the old website in the .co.uk Host? Or is better delete after create all this things. Cheers Zistoloen. – Tiago Silva Sep 27 '13 at 9:58
  • If all your 301 redirect are performed, you can delete files on .co.uk host. Cheers. – Zistoloen Sep 27 '13 at 11:00

If possible, you should find the best matching redirect for any URL - this will give search engine visitors the best experience. Google likes good experience for their users, too :)

i.e. it would definitely be better to 301 every single product page to its respective product page at the actual site.

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  • Yes, definitely i gonna create all the redirect and try to create the best experience for the users :) Cheers Peterp – Tiago Silva Sep 27 '13 at 10:02

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