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Redirect vs Parking Domain

Discussion in 'Website Design Forum:' started by CarmaCreative, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. CarmaCreative

    CarmaCreative Member

    Hey guys,

    So I have bought a couple of domain names, that I want to point towards an existing website.

    I am not sure whether it is best to park the domain or 301 redirect, and most importantly how not to be penalized by Google I guess.

    What d'yall think out there?
  2. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Hi Phil,

    If you want to point the domains towards an existing website then 301 redirect is best bet.

    You won't be penalized by Google for redirecting a new domain to an existing site, the only way you would be penalized was if it was an old domain that had been previously blacklisted or sandboxed in some way I think.

  3. tim

    tim Senior Member

    just me being a complete douche, what exactly does sandbox mean?
  4. CarmaCreative

    CarmaCreative Member

    Thanks for the info Greg and sorry about posting in the web design section. I hadn't yet had my monday morning cuppa :)
  5. CarmaCreative

    CarmaCreative Member

    Tim - I'm afraid I can't give you a definition (meaning I don't fully understand) for sandbox. But I too am curious, anybody care to shed some light on this?
  6. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    No problems Phil, and as for the sandbox...

    Sandbox effect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Essentially when a new domain receives a ton of new backlinks, and thus looks like the links are purely there for SEO purposes rather than being trusted links built up over time, like natural backlinks would occur, if that makes sense.
  7. CarmaCreative

    CarmaCreative Member

    Feeling very enlightened now, thanks for that.
  8. Renniks

    Renniks Senior Member

    Wonder how much this affected Rob Hawkes' replica of the google bouncing ball logo... He got a tonne of back links from some of the biggg websites in a very short space of time :)
  9. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    I think if you're getting amazing backlinks in the midst of a ton of backlinks, then the assumption may be that it's a viral sensation :) so huge trust backlinks (like the BBC, or similar trusted sites) would probably prevent sandboxing IMO.
  10. Jazajay

    Jazajay Active Member

    Yeah exactly Greg. A new site that had 10k crappy links pointing at it is different than a new site with 1000 big links pointing at it. The trust factor and age of those domains linking to it will play a big part.

    But both will more than likely trigger a human eval anyway as the search engines use tonnes of peeps to humanly audit websites and check for anomalies when their algo's flag up some thing. End of the day don't worry about it, not something you can deal with anyway 99% of the time anyway TBH.

    I would worry more about Google's freshness factor as that has a bigger impact on your pages than any of the others search engines.

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