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You add the .htaccess file 301 redirects to the domains you are redirecting FROM (domain1 and domain2 in your example) NOT the domain you are redirecting to (the site with the original content). So you would add code to 2 of the 3 domains .htaccess files, not all of them.

If your two duplicate domains both have two directories with 100% verbatim copies of the original site it’s easy. Add this to the top of the root .htaccess file for domain1 and domain2:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^test/(.*)$ http://example.com/$1 [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^test2/(.*)$ http://example.com/$1 [R=301,L]

http://example.com is the home page of the original domain with the unique content: the domain you want Google to index.

This will mean when loading anything on domain1 or domain2 under the folders /test/ and /test2/ will automatically be 301 redirected to the original domain maintaining filenames: posts will redirect to the relevant posts, categories to categories…

Anything on domain1 and domain2 NOT under the two test folders will still be available on domain1 and domain2, so it’s only those two folders affected.

Might be reading your last comment wrong on domain2. If domain2 doesn’t have the test folders, but is a verbatim copy of the original domain, for domain2 only the .htaccess file would be:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://example.com/$1 [R=301,L]

This will mean when loading anything on domain2 it will automatically be 301 redirected to the original domain maintaining filenames: posts will redirect to the relevant posts, categories to categories…

If there’s a post on domain2 with URL domain2.com/my-post.html it will 301 to example.com/my-post.html

So you understand this a little. The (.*) bit of the code is find everything
The example.com/$1 bit of the code is 301 redirecting to example.com/ and whatever is found with (.*) is used as $1.

When a post my-post.html is found with (.*), the $1 is replaced by “my-post.html” so we have a 301 redirect to example.com/my-post.html.

Rather than manually writing dozens of 301 redirects, the above does it for you. The rules starting “test/(.*)” are saying find everything under the folder /test/ instead of finding everything on the entire domain.

Makes creating 301 redirect rules so much easier when you understand this.

This one would 301 redirect your two test folders to the original domain, but NOT maintain filenames, all the 301 redirects would be to the homepage.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^test/(.*)$ http://example.com/ [R=301,L]
RewriteRule ^test2/(.*)$ http://example.com/ [R=301,L]

You would use something like this if your two test folders aren’t using the same WordPress permalink structure as the original domain (so post filenames don’t match) and just wanted a quick fix to get rid of some test installs. Note the $1 has been removed.

David

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