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How can we forward a domain to purposefully lose backlinks?

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Our company took over a client's web site a few months back and have been having a difficult time getting it where the client wants it on Google despite being optimized better than his competitors. We recently found out that the previous developer got the site over six hundred links from link farms which, obviously, is now hurting them.

My boss wants to get the client a new domain (their current one isn't that great for them anyway) and move all their current site content there. What would be the best way to forward visitors from olddomain.net to newdomain.com without dragging the link farm baggage along? I'm thinking it wouldn't be a 301 redirect in the .htaccess file, but I can't seem to find information about how it would be handled if we just forward the domain at the registrar. Thanks!
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Assuming the same folder structure

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^oldsite.com$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.newsite.com/$1 [R=301,L]


I wouldn't move a site just because it has been link farmed, just disavow them in Google Webmaster Tools.
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The disavowing is what we decided to go with. Thanks!
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