I read somewhere in an email from Jade that a 301 redirect can actually transfer page rank from google. Can anyone verify this in their experience because I have had 301 redirect get much content de-indexed in Google once and took months to come back, like a 301 sandbox.
I typically try to never resort to 301 redirect because it really messes things up IMO. But I am normally talking about pages or folders in a domain. If I take an entire domain and 301 to new domain, will it transfer that pagerank. Does that domain (NAME) own it's pagerank or would the pagerank actually follow that content with a 301 ??
Also, to 301 an entire domain would need to use mod rewrite because of all the folders and links inside the domain. Or would it be better to have several hundred lines of 301, link by link? Somewhere I read that the mod rewrite would be more likely to cause Google to de-index content than a straight line of 301 in the .htaccess
Looking for real world experience here, not guesses and theory about it please. Can't really risk de-indexing content based on guess and theory... TIA