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Is there a safe way to redirect traffic from a dozen old websites to a new (unrelated) website?

You can't redirect your old sites without losing 90% of their value and risking a penalty on your new site. There usually isn't a huge cost to leaving old sites up and running. You could use them ...
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Is there a safe way to redirect traffic from a dozen old websites to a new (unrelated) website?

First, something that's implied in other answers, but should probably be spelled out: the situation you describe is something Google actively wants to discourage -- you're not "collateral damage" in ...
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Does text-shadow CSS affect SEO ranking by risking a cloaking penalty?

Google penalizes for text that is not visible to the users. White text on a white background can be used for keyword stuffing. In that case the keywords are put in the page source where Googlebot ...
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Is there a safe way to redirect traffic from a dozen old websites to a new (unrelated) website?

Bad Idea! Never, I repeat NEVER do that. I tried that 3 days ago and after couple of days the site to which I redirected completely lost all its rankings. Not even it was ranking on searching domain....
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Is there a safe way to redirect traffic from a dozen old websites to a new (unrelated) website?

One thing that all your sites have in common is you. Why not throw a designed by link at the bottom of your site that links to your "portfolio" where your new business is prominently displayed.
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Is there a safe way to redirect traffic from a dozen old websites to a new (unrelated) website?

301 Redirects are completely fine if they're real. If you had an old site and then decided to move/combine it with some other related site, there's absolutely no problem putting up a 301 redirect on ...
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SEO - Keyword in all headings | penalty?

One line answer: Do not think too much about keywords vs heading tags. Create content which will be useful for the user. Meaning: You can have h1, few h2 and so on. But don't think too much as you ...
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How to detect whether a hidden content will cause a penalty from Google or not?

If Lighthouse is warning about dom size that may result in performance issues which can effect the sites rating because of the algo on performance. Can you use a progressive method to get the ...
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Is there a safe way to redirect traffic from a dozen old websites to a new (unrelated) website?

The best thing to do is not worry about the traffic to your old sites. I had a good friend who graduated from Harvard Business. He told stories about how Harvard drummed into his head the mantra of "...
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Any SEO penalty for creating a new website and having no content for years?

You won't have any SEO penalty as Search Engines will see a brand new website. On the contrary, the domain age and registration length may be a good factor for SEO if it has never been blacklisted.
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How can I tell if a site was penalized by Google's Page Experience update? If it was, how can I fix it?

Investigating the Likelihood of a Google Algorithm Update Causing a loss in Organic Keyword Rankings and Traffic Attributing the loss of keyword rankings or organic traffic to any one algorithm update ...
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Spammy microdata penalty reconsideration rejected

As the first, your example page https://www.fantasticservices.com/professional-oven-and-bbq-cleaning/ includes two different, not nested JSON-LD snippets. This is a massive cause for bad ...
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Is there a safe way to redirect traffic from a dozen old websites to a new (unrelated) website?

Yes, sort of. Put yourself in the visitors shoes (with google at their back) and ask how you can introduce your new content to them in a relevant way. ie old site is about say hiking and new one is ...
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A site with a directory of thousands of links can get blacklisted by Google for one link to a site with malware

We were hit by the same problem as the OP - our site blacklisted so that all Chrome users were getting a big scary red message about "The site ahead contains malware. Attackers currently on [site name]...
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How to recover from a google penalty

This happens to just about everyone somewhere along the line. I had made a bad/silly mistake in an algorithm that detected bad bots and resulted in about 24,000 pages that told Google that it was a ...
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How to diagnose a search engine ranking drop?

There are many reasons as to why this is happening. Not knowing the specifics I will create a basic checklist of the things you should start looking at: Website has been blocked accidentally via ...
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Will indexing an underdeveloped website result in a Google penalty?

I'm asked this question a lot by customers. I don't recommend or see a reason to block the google bots completely. You could use a robots.txt file to list and stop them indexing the parts of the site ...
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If people re publish my content could i get a duplicate content penalty ?

Ive found a number of duplicate sites that have copied all of my HTML, CSS, JS changed the logo of the company, placed the files on their own domain and are advertising them selves as a company doing ...
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Can deleting less visited content help recover from Google's algorithmic penalties?

Having low traffic articles doesn't usually hurt sites. This site has 100 or more low traffic questions for each question that gets a decent amount of search traffic. Unless you have evidence that ...
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Could styling <abbr> tag with CSS penalize SEO?

Styling any tag in an attempt to manipulate SEO performance is a bad thing. Styling any tag so it looks nice on your page is not a bad thing. Basically, the rule is - if you are putting keywords in &...
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Does Google penalize if I click on my own website in the organic search results?

Just because someone clicks on a link, doesn't mean Google thinks it's a good link. There are hundreds of other factors. First, Google is fully aware of the hundreds of games website owners use to ...
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How to detect whether a hidden content will cause a penalty from Google or not?

I don't think there's any way of knowing if hidden content will trigger a Google penalty (outside of doing it and finding out), simply because, by giving out that info, it opens the whole system up to ...
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Will indexing an underdeveloped website result in a Google penalty?

The "penalty" is that you are going to have pages, that you don't want indexed, indexed by the search engines. And this could reflect badly on you and your business. It could also expose security ...
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Do 301 redirections carry Google penalty?

301 redirects do result in a small amount of PR being "lost". But it isn't a penalty and it doesn't matter. PR is obsolete. Additionally, PR is not per domain. It's per page. So your home page may ...
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How do I make my spam site rank well and not get penalized?

If your intention is to expose how spam is being employed and help the visitor recognize and learn to identify spam, that may be a different story. Even if your good intentions are clearly spelled out ...
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Google SERP penalty for Multiple Business websites on one server?

absolutely no penalty for "multiple websites, all related to the same business-type, on one server and all of them sharing the same IP address". Different if these multiple website are low quality ...
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My 2nd level domain has a non-deletable 3rd level domain mirror. Will Google penalize it for this?

May this lead to Google penalizing my 2nd level domain for content duplication? Just to clarify, there is no "penalty" as such for duplicate content, it's just that your ranking will be divided ...
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Will SERP penalties follow a 301 redirect?

The short answer is that most search engines (even Google) just pull the page as text. Like with a wget. It then scans the text looking for obvious links in the body. Then it does the whole page ...
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Should I use rel="nofollow" on links from mirror sites to avoid a possible link scheme

What you are trying to do is no problem at all and won't result in any issues with Google. I will use the PHP website as an example. It is a major website ranking extremely highly. It has a very ...
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If people re publish my content could i get a duplicate content penalty ?

Even if Google claims that they are able to understand which is the original source of content I would try to reach first the website owner and ask for complete content removal or partial content ...
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