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I have recently migrated my hosting provider and realised that when I did I had a lot of domains that didn't point anywhere or weren't in use. During the migration I just decided to 301 them all towards my blog rather than just have them being unused.

As it turns out, over the course of the last 3 days one of these domains is now more highly ranked than my blog and I'm not sure what's happening.

If you Google my name I want my blog to appear as high up as possible: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=scott+helme.

My blog is the 2nd result (for me) and should be scotthelme.co.uk and not eve-bay.co.uk which is showing as if it were my blog. What has happened here? I wouldn't think a 301 would cause this behaviour and what remedy would you suggest?

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eve-bay.co.uk gives a 301 Moved Permanently to your actual site, scotthelme.co.uk, and in some browsers and searches your site is the one that appears in the result, no evidence of the "old" one.

With that 301 redirect, Google will soon remove it from SERPs.

Oh, one more thing, your canonical is pointing to http://www.scotthelme.co.uk, and you're actually 301 redirecting http://www.scott.. to http://scott..

  • Thank you for the answer. Do you know what would cause me to see the 'eve-bay domain then? Can I expect it to take long to clear out? – Scott Helme Sep 30 '13 at 18:00
  • I guess that Google had indexed previously that domain before actually indexing your blog. eve-bay was last cached on Sep. 13th scotthelme on Sep 23th – I.G. Pascual Sep 30 '13 at 18:02
  • Try creating a Google Webmaster account for eve-bay and request to remove the url support.google.com/webmasters/answer/164734?hl=en, or place a robots.txt in its root eve-bay.co.uk/robots.txt blocking the access to all crawlers – I.G. Pascual Sep 30 '13 at 18:07
  • @ScottHelme You might check for backlinks for that domain, which could cause it to be pushed up higher. – dan Sep 30 '13 at 18:12
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    @I.G.Pascual Both done :-) – Scott Helme Sep 30 '13 at 18:15

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