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    A competitor has two domains in the SERPS... Yet one gets redirected to the other?


    A competitor has two domains in the SERPS... Yet one gets redirected to the other?
    It doesn't seem to effecting rankings... they're doing very well on both domains.

    How are they doing this?...

    domain: change(nospace)driving(nospace)test.co.uk

    Surely they're breaking guidelines?
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    Hi Matt

    To answer your question.... First they have to own both domain names or have access to the htaccess / web.config file for both servers.
    Then they place the redirects to do it.. no problem, standard practice to point other domain names to your primary, especially to protect your brand.
    You commonly see this with somedomain.org pointing to somedomain.net pointing to somedomain.com. Keeps folks from using your brand so to speak.

    Then on the other hand, it could be a possible linking scheme. I said possible, not a fact. You would have to look at the back links pointing to the 1st domain then look at the links pointing from the second domain. In this case I think it's a safe bet it's not a linking scheme. They did the redirects incorrectly.

    changedrivingtest.co.uk redirects to http://www.changedrivingtest.co.uk
    then by JS redirects to http://www.drivingtestcancellations.co.uk/?kmi=snPGpSJ4tbB5s6%2BC8WrHm%2FB9ZeQ%3D&_ga=1.1479 98196.236773784.1487105914
    then 301 redirects to https://www.drivingtestcancellations.co.uk/?kmi=snPGpSJ4tbB5s6%2BC8WrHm%2FB9ZeQ%3D&_ga=1.1479 98196.236773784.1487105914

    Its also taking 6.6 sec, enough time to loose a visitor..a premiere example of a bad way to do it...

    They should just
    changeddrivingtest.co.uk redirect to https://www.drivingtestcancellations.co.uk/?kmi=snPGpSJ4tbB5s6%2BC8WrHm%2FB9ZeQ%3D&_ga=1.1479 98196.236773784.1487105914
    but even the final url is not so seo friendly !!



    Last edited by KnowOneSpecial; Feb 14th, 2017 at 03:32 PM. Reason: edited to remove links
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    if its a 301 redirect it wont last long, if they have done a 302 redirect then I guess it could stay for a while.


    Edited to add
    There you go, I was beaten to the post, looks like the 302 is what is preventing the listing being removed.
    Last edited by Chedders; Feb 14th, 2017 at 03:39 PM.
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    It'll be deindexed. Phew, that's good.

    Thank you as always guys.

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