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    Client with a BIG problem hope you can help

    Hi all,

    I have a client that has a problem and would like suggestions how to solve it the best way possible.

    The client has 2 Maps listings with seperate domains.
    One with a hypen and their main domain name.

    The domain with the hyphen is listed #1 and has 200 reviews.
    The one without is nowhere and has zero reviews.
    The last one got a new website on it and they want to use that.

    How can I make sure that the #1 ranked listing gets the new domain without losing the rankings.

    I could forward the hyphen domain to the new one but that could be a problem.
    Also the new website doesn't have all the contact info like the first site has, so I guess I have to put that on the new website too.

    So I need to kill the second listing and redirect to the new domain without losing the rankings or it will be my head .

    Any advise would be great!

    Thanks!
    Last edited by Linda Buquet; 07-03-2014 at 06:42 AM. Reason: Moved to Help since not general discussion but help on one client

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    Re: Client with a BIG problem hope you can help

    Hey Sean, You might get more detailed help if you add some links to the listings. People will be able to dig in a bit for you.

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    Re: Client with a BIG problem hope you can help

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustybones View Post
    Hey Sean, You might get more detailed help if you add some links to the listings. People will be able to dig in a bit for you.
    If you can post links I will move this thread to the help section where it can get more eyeballs too.
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    Re: Client with a BIG problem hope you can help

    Reason I didn't put in links is because I don't want my clients details out in the open
    It's still an open forum....

    I just want to delete one listing and merge 2 domains into one.

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    Re: Client with a BIG problem hope you can help

    Sorry Sean, we aren't trying to get you to out your client, it's just that when someone explains something - we are guessing in the dark. Because the answer and how to do it depends on so many different things.

    We've wasted time going back and forth trying to help someone, then they finally post the links and then when we dig in say "Oh you meant that - well now that I see it, what we told you above won't work and you need to do it this way instead."

    So we can end up not only wasting a bunch of our time, but giving you the wrong answer unless we can see what you are talking about.
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    Re: Client with a BIG problem hope you can help

    See my reply above...

    Plus what you described above does not make sense to me and leaves me with a bunch of question marks about why you would want to do it the way you are describing. Seems like there is a much easier and obvious solution which make me wonder if I understand the situation correctly. Which again leads to... need to see links to everything to be able to advise.
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    Re: Client with a BIG problem hope you can help

    Some things to consider:
    • The older domain is probably more valuable
    • The best domain should be connected to the best site with a clear NAP on every page
    • The ranked listing should be updated with the best info
    • The duplicate listing should be removed asap

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    Re: Client with a BIG problem hope you can help

    Thanks to all the replied

    I understand about what you mean in terms of seeing it live Linda, but since my background is SEO and Negative SEO is very alive, I don't like to show live links.

    Ah well, have to think it over lol.
    Not saying I don't trust you guys, but how many people are here to see clients, show the questions their so called "expert" has and then tell them I will do it for you for X amount.

    Pfff tough world LOL

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    Re: Client with a BIG problem hope you can help

    I understand and won't show client links publicly for that and many other reasons.

    All the regulars here are extremely trust worthy and would not try to poach clients.

    BUT it's a public forum so the spammers and scammers read this forum too and I would not put anything past some of them.

    That's why we also offer consulting... for those that want our expertise but want all the details kept private.

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    So given all that, and again I don't think I understand the situation because this seems too simple...

    Don't know why you are talking about forwarding domain?

    Can't you just change the link in GMB to the site you want that GMB listing to match with? Then have Google delete/merge the GMB listing you don't want?
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    Re: Client with a BIG problem hope you can help

    How much would that cost Linda?
    Just for deleting the second listing and merge the 2 to keep the #1 spot?

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