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Search engines won't pick up new domain name even though redirect is in place

Posted on 2012-03-12
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For a long time, this domain was the only one active for our website:

http://www.eccrv.com

A year or two ago we established this as the main domain:

http://www.stoneridgeretirement.com

And, there is a redirect in place from the former to the latter. Yet, Google searches for "retirement communities myerstown pa" have the results pointing to the old domain.

Is there a trick to getting Google and others to recognizing the new domain is the main one?

Thank you!
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Unfortunately, there is no quick solution - Google does not provide such service. However, you can make several easy steps to reach your goal (5-th step is the most important, but other ones are necessary):

1) create sitemap (if your CMS is not able to do it automatically, you can use one of free services, for example, www.xml-sitemaps.com)
Here are examples for your domain: sitemap.xml sitemap.xml.gz

2) place sitemap-files it root folder:
http://www.stoneridgeretirement.com/sitemap.xml
http://www.stoneridgeretirement.com/sitemap.xml.gz

3) use Google Webmaster Tools to add both your domains (you'll need to confirm your ownership)

4) using Google Webmaster Tools you'll be able to publish your sitemap-files (so, Google will use them to index your site) and create right robots.txt file (you'll have to place it into http://www.stoneridgeretirement.com/robots.txt)

5) use Google's instruction (moving your site) to "move" from old domain (www.eccrv.com) to new one (www.stoneridgeretirement.com)
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Yes, do what AvPme said.
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Thanks!
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