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    301 Redirect Question


    Hello-

    After getting lots of great advise on an issue where I have a .com and a .co.uk domain, I decided to look into doing a 301 redirect. I got the following answer form my webhosting company. Can anyone verify that this is the way to go (this all started because I am getting some people linking to my .co.uk): I have edited my url with example for the purposes of this question:

    <<<<<< Dear xxxxxxx,

    We have set the two domain names as IIS host headers for one and the same
    web site. A user can either enter http://example.ourserver.net,
    http://www.example.co.uk, http://example.co.uk,
    http://www.example.com or http://example.com - the web
    site opened will be one and the same. I.e. there is no "duplicate content"
    as these are not two web sites with the same content, it is only one site
    which can be opened using 5 different URLs. We have never heard of any
    search engine issues about the domain pointers, however if you believe there
    might be a problem with the search engines, let us know and we will create a
    separate site for example.co.uk and 301 redirect it to the
    example.com site.>>>>>>>

    Thank you for your input
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    Yes this is the correct method for pointing domains.

    Read this article for more info: http://www.bruceclay.com/SEO-tech-tips/techtips.htm
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    Hi !
    check out http://www.delorie.com/web/headers.html
    put in your 301 redirected domains here... You should see the HTTP headers with the Location attribute pointing to your main domain...
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    Originally Posted by amitbhawnani
    Hi !
    check out http://www.delorie.com/web/headers.html
    put in your 301 redirected domains here... You should see the HTTP headers with the Location attribute pointing to your main domain...
    Thanks for the site but the point of the post was that my hosting company is telling me that a 301 redirect is not nessecary. So when I use your tool example.co.uk points to http://www.example.co.uk:80/index.htm
    while example.com points to http://www.example.com:80/index.htm

    My main question i guess is "With the configuration above (first post)can I recieve links to my .co.uk and not be penalized in Google and will it improve my serps to have those links."
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    You shouldn't receive penalty from the way that your hosting company has it setup. There will be no duplicate content.
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    Hi Jasontnyc

    If I am reading your post correctly then you do need 301's. We used to have all our alias domains in the IIS host headers but we have now changed all but the primary domain to 301 redirects.

    Aside from the issue of duplicate content (which depsite what others say I personally think could cause an issue) Google will view your domains as 5 completely different sites:

    http://example.ourserver*net
    http://www.example*co*uk

    http://example*co*uk
    http://www*example*com or

    http://example*com

    With this setup you could get PR spread across the different domains. 301's will divert all the PR to the primary domain.

    We had this a lot I the past especially with .co.uk and .com. People in the UK often get the two confused when linking to you.

    In summary - YES, your ISP are being lazy, ask them to setup 301 redirects.

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