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Preserve SEO While Moving Site to New URL

I am in the process of moving www.gopherstateevents.com to www.gsetiming.com.  I am working on the source code and the SEO things on the new site.  Now I want to preserve, as much as possible, the SEO strength we have spent years building for the new site.  Would it be a good idea or a bad idea to have a URL redirect on each page of the current site (www.gopherstateevents.com) to the corresponding page on the new site?  Is there a better way to build the SEO presence of the new site outside of making sure we are constantly striving to comply with SEO standards?
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Ankush Mahajan

8/22/2022 - Mon
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This is very helpful and, yes, having google think I am posting duplicate content was my concern.  The old domain will go away at some point so I don't care how things get affected there.  The pages are the exact same...just shortening the url basically.  They even have the same names (results.asp, for instance).

Can you give me a sample of how to do a 301 redirect in classic asp?  I was just going to place a response.redirect on each page to it's comparable page on the new domain.  

Finally, can I take the content down on the old page and just leave the redirect script to avoid the duplicate content issue?
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Thank you very much for the assistance!
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How do I do the redirect in my web.config Scott?
Ankush Mahajan

Definitely 301 redirection can help to pass link juice of old website to new website but I have noticed, often people forget the relevancy factor when adding redirects. If any page of the previous website is not relevant to the current website pages, then it is better to make 404 instead of redirecting it. Multiple redirection on a website is one of major reasons behind slow page speed.