Perhaps you are a classroom teacher of grades K-5. 6-8, or 9-12 or a parent of home schoolers. You and your students or you and your home-schooling children have created a free Google Sites website.
Please note: To create an absolutely free webpage that does not require you to know HTML code, please visit http://sites.google.com. This website can be authored by one person or co-authored by two or more people. It is an ideal situation for teachers who wish to post student work for all the world to see and enjoy.
Let us imagine that this Google Site website has been around for several months or longer. When visitors types in your targeted keywords, they are directed to your website. Perhaps this website may even show up on the first or second page of the Google search engine.
This website of poetry, book reports, creative writing stories, student research, and/or student projects has become so popular that you decide it would be worthwhile to buy a dot com domain page. You wish to duplicate all the webpages that you have posted on Google Sites so far with the intention of adding additional material and web pages as time allows.
The problem is that to have two websites with duplicate content is frowned on by Google. You don’t wish to lose your hard work put in to SEO (search engine optimization) nor do you wish to lose your former visitors.
What is the solution?
Implement an URL redirect so that anybody who clicks on the Google Site webpage will be immediately redirected to your new and improved dot com domain webpage. This process is more commonly known as a ‘301 redirect’; however, in Google Sites, this is the easier and possibly only process to use.
How do you accomplish an URL redirect?
Check out the seven-page list plus pictures for the step-by-step answer.