I had a blog site, i.e. http://example2.com, then I bought a new domain, i.e. http://example.com and 301 permanent redirected example2.com to example.com. But when I get into the Google Webmaster Tools, if I get some 404, and then click into the link and see the "Linked from" tab, it shows some links like:

  • http://example.com/post-1
  • http://example2.com/feed
  • http://example2.com/post-1

Google Webmaster's Tools 404 linked from

According to Google, if you change your domain, just use a redirection for at least 4-6 months, but it almost passed. Then why Google has still traces of my old site?

The issue is important, because I don't want to pay for the old domain anymore.

I tried deleting my existing sitemap.xml and recreating it from the new site, but still such links are stored. What could I do?

  • does your new site have links to your current or old website? Commented Apr 7, 2014 at 14:42
  • Nope, I changed them all one by one. Commented Apr 7, 2014 at 14:43
  • have you got an incorrect redirect in your htaccess? Commented Apr 7, 2014 at 14:53
  • No, the basic 301 redirection is working just fine: example2.com becomes example.com when browsing. Commented Apr 7, 2014 at 14:55
  • did you implemented 301 redirect for all of your urls? maybe using .htaccess rules for redirecting every single request on example2.com (redirecting to example.com)?
    – Binarysurf
    Commented Jun 8, 2014 at 5:09

2 Answers 2


Google Webmasters also explains why the URLs are still indexed with their YouTube video. It takes a good while for the actual removal process of the old links to happen.

Also, you have to remember, Google is indexing, re-indexing, and deleting records from their Search Engine all of the time at a massive rate already, but there is trillions upon trillions of sites that this needs to be done to and more links for indexing.

Just give it some time, but the links will be updated sooner or later.


You did all of the steps to fix the URLs indexed by Google. They just need to recrawl your website and index the links properly again.

Also, did you submit a Sitemap of all of the new URLs? That could help index your site even faster with Google WebMaster Tools.

  • couldn't this be quickened by clicking the fetch as google? Commented Apr 7, 2014 at 15:09
  • I am going to say yes. I, personally, have yet to use that feature of Google WebMaster Tools, but I have been told it does work and it should also speed up the process.
    – user37204
    Commented Apr 7, 2014 at 17:06
  • I've used it a couple of times and it seems like a neat tool. However, i'm not sure on how much extra priority it is given Commented Apr 8, 2014 at 11:45

You can log into google webmaster tools and re-index your site. Found that is speeds up the process.

  • 1
    Can you provide steps/details on how to do this? Commented Nov 4, 2014 at 17:50

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