I'm hosting a simple set of information pages at mysite.wordpress.com (anonymized for simplicity). I've purchased a domain -- www.mysite.com -- and have made it my primary domain for mysite.wordpress.com. Redirection works correctly from all pages, so I know that's done right. When I search for mysite in Google, however, the index page still shows the old link:

Search Result for "my site".
About 398,000 results (0.49 seconds) 

MySite | MySite, the best site out there!
mysite.wordpress.com/         <-- Wrong link! Should be mysite.com

Contact Info | MySite 
mysite.com/contact-info/      <-- Expected link

About Us | MySite
mysite.com/about/             <-- Expected link

Attempts to go to mysite.wordpress.com will redirect the user to mysite.com, which is good, but it does look unprofessional. How might I request/encourage Google to display mysite.com for my index page and not (hopefully never!) mysite.wordpress.com?

  • It sounds like you've done the WordPress bit right as the site is working as you want, so this is a Google question really. – Andy Macaulay-Brook Jun 17 '16 at 7:24
  • I assumed so. I figured, however, that other WordPress users might have had similar experiences, so this seemed the natural place to ask as a start. :) – Dylan Knowles Jun 19 '16 at 6:02

It seems that this was simply a matter of waiting: the less trafficked pages updated their addresses quickly and the more trafficked pages (e.g., the home page) took longer to be update in Google search results. Other users with more heavily trafficked sites might wish to refer to this article on demoting site links to achieve results more quickly, but, for the rest of us, all that is required seems to be patience. :)

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