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Colburn
02-07-2009, 08:57 PM
I have designed a new web site to promote my newest interest (mainegardenjournal.com (http://mainegardenjournal.com))and I have taken down my previous site (http://lisacolburn.com (http://lisacolburn.com/))and then I had my host provider point the lisacolburn.com site to mainegardenjournal.com. Now what happens, is that if someone searches for lisacolburn, they do go to the mainegardenjournal site, but the description in the google search still has the descriptive info from my prior site:


The Maine Garden Journal (http://www.lisacolburn.com/)

Fused and slumped glass home accessories and wild woman jewelry by Lisa Colburn.
www.lisacolburn.com/ - 13k - Cached (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=clnk&cd=2&url=http%3A%2F%2F74.125.47.132%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dcach e%3APoJQuZbYZdcJ%3Awww.lisacolburn.com%2F%2Blisa%2 Bcolburn%26hl%3Den%26ct%3Dclnk%26cd%3D2%26gl%3Dus&ei=ff-NSZ2cIJW6twegxdGNCw&usg=AFQjCNGbkOjEMX7_qY980_Cv2MLzmwJGnw&sig2=vqjHyf06r273IZgZGUHErQ) - Similar pages (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1B2GGFB_enUS228US229&q=related:www.lisacolburn.com/) -

How and where do I go to change this? I want it to state the same info that I have in the meta name desciption in my source code.....that discusses the gardening content.
I'm at a loss as to how to deal with this.
Any ideas?

Corrosive
02-07-2009, 09:02 PM
I'm at a loss as to how to deal with this.
Any ideas?

Yes, just leave it. If your meta description and header tags relate to your new content then it will set itself right after a while. Google does as Google wants I'm afraid. I've still got pages indexed that I took down months ago. :wink:

Colburn
02-07-2009, 09:13 PM
Goodness, there will info about that prior site floating around for a while !
Thank you for your reply.
Lisa

domedia
02-08-2009, 12:33 AM
You should have kept your old space for a while and added a 301 redirect.

This tells Google and others that the site has permanently moved and the description in Google would have changed the same day or some days after depending on how often Google would visit your old site.

Notice that http://lisacolburn.com/ is still active. when you go there the url does not change and it shows exactly the same content as mainegardenjournal.com.

In a modern search engines view, there's now two identical websites on the internet. So they're going to ignore one, which is the new one (mainegardenjournal), and keep the original (lisacolbourn) in their index.

You guys have kinda messed this up.
I would ask you hosting provider to stop pointing the old domain to your new space through DNS, and ask them to do a 301 redirect instead.

domedia
02-08-2009, 12:35 AM
Yes, just leave it. If your meta description and header tags relate to your new content then it will set itself right after a while. Google does as Google wants I'm afraid. I've still got pages indexed that I took down months ago. :wink: This is messed up too Corrosive. There's procedures in place to fix this. Catch me on chat so I can help you fix this.

Corrosive
02-08-2009, 06:47 AM
This is messed up too Corrosive. There's procedures in place to fix this. Catch me on chat so I can help you fix this.

I know mate. Honestly, two pesky pages (pesky...that makes me a Scooby Doo villain :wink: ) I keep submitting these pages to Google via webmaster tools to get them taken down. It was about 15 pages in October...now it's two. Google seems to remove the bulk of them but the detritus is still left behind. I hit a point of 'well, they will just drop off eventually'. Any bright ideas I'd be happy to hear although they are going...slowly.

domedia
02-08-2009, 07:43 AM
If you don't do it right immediately you're losing important search engine juice. All the back links to your old URL is wasted and who wants to 'slowly' launch a new website? :)
Hit me up on msn next week.

domedia
02-08-2009, 07:45 AM
If your meta description and header tags relate to your new content then it will set itself right after a while.
For the record, meta description does not influence placement/ranking in the serps. 8)

Corrosive
02-08-2009, 08:02 AM
For the record, meta description does not influence placement/ranking in the serps. 8)

True, but it does show up on general searches for your business name. It is the enticing line that gets users to click through to your site (hopefully). I'll MSN you soon and see if we can get these last few pages to go. Cheers Dom. :)

Colburn
02-08-2009, 02:24 PM
I have been able to do the 301 redirect with my web host provider. I am not sure if that will make a difference or not in the long run, but I do want both names to point to the same page.

Thank you
Lisa

domedia
02-08-2009, 04:53 PM
True, but it does show up on general searches for your business name. It is the enticing line that gets users to click through to your site (hopefully). I'll MSN you soon and see if we can get these last few pages to go. Cheers Dom. :) Ah that is symptom of another problem. :) The only time Google will use your meta desc is if it can't find any good descriptive text on your web page.

I have been able to do the 301 redirect with my web host provider. I am not sure if that will make a difference or not in the long run, but I do want both names to point to the same page. It makes a difference already, just checked it. Any backlinks you had going to your old domain has now been transferred to your new URL, and the domain redirects correctly, just look at the address bar. 8)

Colburn
02-08-2009, 05:06 PM
I see that now, the address bar changes from the lisacolburn.com address to the mainegardenjournal.com name....but are you suggesting that it makes other differences?

domedia
02-09-2009, 02:42 PM
I see that now, the address bar changes from the lisacolburn.com address to the mainegardenjournal.com name....but are you suggesting that it makes other differences?
Yes, you know have one website instead of two that are identical. And you're getting all the benefits of that. No duplicate content penalty, no splitting of back links on two domains, no confusion as to which domain is the right one, the same canonical domain across all search engines, etc etc. :)