Canonical URL issue or more

Posted on 2013-11-09
Last Modified: 2013-11-09
I have a simple site for my client. They have the main domain where all files are there (in the server) and also they have another domain which has nothing and just direct you to the main website.

Now, I wanted to know if I need to use Canonical URL for this site or not,

Also, whatever you type you see the main page, I mean
Do I have top do anything for this to make it search engine friendly or not.

Kind of clueless about these. I don't even know if these are really important or not.
Please advice .
Question by:Angha110
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Gary earned 500 total points
ID: 39636121
If it all it is doing is redirecting to the main site then you don't need to do anything else.  The other site has nothing to index or be penalised for
Assume you are doing a 301 redirect.

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ID: 39636140
Can you tell me a little bit more, why would they penalize you?
Also, the other domain was hosted with an older company, all I know is that the client talked to them and they are redirecting it to the new domain which I am managing it with a new hosting company. How can I check about 301 redirect? why is it important?
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Expert Comment

ID: 39636156
There wouldn't be any penalization.
It is just a simple redirect to a new domain, eventually the old domain would disappear from any Google listings and be replaced with the new domain.
You can check the headers being returned here by entering the old domain.
And you should see something like
Status: HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently
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Author Comment

ID: 39636175
Thank you for the response. I just check the domain with the link you provided. I don't see any 301 at all. What I saw was lots of code and at some point it says domain parking with the old company.

Would that harm us in any way?
That domain is only an easy domain to remember for some part of the consumers (not all).

Please direct me to some usefull links to learn these, if it is out of your patient to explain details.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39636177
Would be easier if you can just tell me the old domain, if you don't want it public check the About me by click my name for my email address

Author Comment

ID: 39636185
Just emailed it to you.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39636189
It is using a 301 redirect, so you are fine.
There is nothing else you need to do.

Author Comment

ID: 39636191
Thank you Gary,

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ID: 39636193
Thank you for the fastest and clear response.

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