I have a question about redirecting from .net to the .com version of my Site.
Back in June of 2007 I registered my .net domain name. The .com version was registered on 2002 and was not available.
The name is a very decent key word search term (Pinmaps), so I decided to register the .net extension and started to build a web site for fun. My idea of selecting the name was to create a brand around it. Almost 10 year of having a well-developed web site has been very useful because my site ranks very well with Google. Basically, it grew organically. I never made any
SEO effort and did not spend money on advertising. 95% of the visits came to my site organically from search engines.
I converted the software into a business that has been successful and a few days ago I had to opportunity to buy the .com version of the domain name and after several months of negotiation I bought it. I thought would be a great idea to protect the brand owning both extensions. At this point the .com domain has no SEO value whatsoever. The search engines have no knowledge of it, because the previous owner never developed a Site and kept the domain parked.
I want to move the Site to the .com domain and do a 301 redirect from the .net one, but I'm frightened with the thought of losing all the traffic coming from search engines and being drop down on the list. This would mean a lot of revenue lost.
Is it true that like some people say that all the ranking authority would be transferred to the new .com domain? Should I do the opposite and redirect from .com to .net? I personally feel like .com gives you more respectability.
Sorry for the lengthy post. Thank you for your help.